The Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Cycle: Resources

TracDat for Canada

TracDat User Guides

This large pdf file contains step-by-step directions, with screenshots of Tracdat pages, for the basic steps of using this software at Cañada.  Note especially the "Before You Start" section to save you some time.

This version is an abbreviated guide to common tasks.

TracDat Training Modules as powerpoint slides:

How to enter Results or submit Results for entry (Word docx)

How to add or edit a course SLO

How to add or edit an assessment

How to assign an assessment

Best Places to Start when Creating SLOs:

Presentation at SLOAC Summit, March 28, 2008, at Cañada College   powerpoint slides on getting started with SLOs

Cañada College's SLO Handbook - a concise guide to developing measurable learning outcomes

Janet Fulks Online Resource - The guru of community college SLOAC explains it all, outcomes to assessments to reflection, including pitfalls to avoid.

Other Campuses Modeling SLOs and Assessments

College of San Mateo posts all course SLOs where students, as well as staff and faculty, can readily find them:

Here's a site by Chaffey College with useful inks to Program SLOs and assessment methods used by different colleges:

The RP Group (Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges) has lots of resources

 Skyline College SLO site

Raymond Walters College (University of Cincinnati, OH) and Janice Denton's college    Assessment... and how we do it.

Miramar College in San Diego
-- Lisa Brewster's Presentation at Miramar

Further Resources

Carnegie institute - Informative Assessment

Assessing Core Outcomes (ppt)

Assessment Techniques (pdf)

Grading for Student Learning

Greg Stoup's workshop on "SLO Analysis in Ten Minutes"

Workshop Presentation: How to Build an Assessment Instrument in 10 Minutes

Companion Presentation: Assessment Tool Demo

Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers

Authors: Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc., 1993

This is an excellent resource for implementing "formative assessment" in the classroom. There are three copies in the library, 2 in each division office, and another 80 copies distributed to individuals on campus. 
If you have reviewed this text, you know that there is a "Teaching Goals Inventory"(TGI). University of Iowa has a link where you can take the TGI online and it will generate a report for you, so you can better select assessment techniques that will complement your teaching style. TGI Link:

Teaching Reference List - a listing of current books on various aspects of teaching that are housed in Cañada's library, in the last row of bookstacks.  There are some real gems here, with everything from big-picture suggestions to detailed examples of assignments and assessments.  Need some inspiration for changes?  Start here.

Other Links

9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning posted by Indiana University.  The basic principles of assessment that are widely held up as the ideal.  Other pages by their Institute of Teaching, Learning, and Assessement are worthwhile, too.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

The Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment.