It is important to ensure that the Learning Objectives have been achieved and that learning by the students have mastered the course. To decipher the level of learning, assessments are developed to make such determinations. This paper will provide examples of assessments of the learning objectives created in the previous Module. It will also discuss the use of Outcome-Based Assessments (OBA), and provide an outcome based assessment for an adult keyboard course. It will define and discuss the purpose of an Outcome-Based Assessment, the challenges such an assessment, and describe solutions that can be utilized when implementing this assessment into a program.
Assessment of Learning Objective
3 pts awarded for a total of 21 points
Terminology: Student was able to identify: All or most of the terms Some Little None
3 2 1 0
Operation: Student was able to turn on and operate Operate completely Some Little None
classroom equipment 3 2 1 0
Open and navigate course software Operate completely Some Little None
3 2 1 0
Able to create a document using Language art skills Lang. skills mastered Some Little None
3 2 1 0
Completed personal project: used course software, used Completed assignment Some Little None
proper language skills and proper documentation 3 2 1 0
Typing speed: Student is able to type: > 40 wpm > 30 wpm > 20 wpm < 20 wpm
3 2 1 0
Total points: (Students points) /21
21-18 points: Student has mastered course objectives
17-13 points: Student has gain an understanding of
12- 0 points: Students have NOT gain an understanding
of course objectives; requires further training
Definition and Purpose of Outcome-Based Assessment
In his article on Out-come Based Assessment, Michael Carter states that "Outcomes-based assessment invites us to view our courses and curricula from a different perspective" (Carter, 2003). Carter goes onto to describe how educators are inclined to view learning in relation to inputs. They are often prone to "assume that the inputs we provide for students will lead to certain outcomes, the knowledge, skills, and other attributes we believe graduates should possess" Outcome-based assessment, tends to evaluate the student's performance based on outcomes, rather than inputs used in traditional education. Outcomes as defined by Spady and Marshall (1994), "are clear, observable, demonstrations of student learning that occur after a significant set of learning experiences. They are not values,...activities, assignments, goals, scores, grades or averages..." (Pallapu, 2004).
Outcome-Based Assessment has many purposes. In Marilyn M. Lombardi's article,
Making the Grade: The Role of Assessment in Authentic Learning, Lombardi describes the various purposes OBA. First OBA helps teachers, administrators, parents and students identify...