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Designing Assessments to Measure Student Outcomes

Design assessment instruments that use rubrics and surveys to measure student outcomes. Join AACTE’s free online course.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Designing Assessments to Measure Student Outcomes

Why join the course?

This free online course will help you to design assessment instruments to measure student outcomes. It focusses on rubrics and surveys.

Each week will explore a different aspect of assessment, and mix theory and practice. You will build your own assessments, and share and test them with other learners.

Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsIs your training program producing fantastic results? How are you measuring and assessing the outcomes of your project? Would you like to learn how to design a quality assessment that will give you reliable data to analyse? Hi, I’m Linda McKee from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. I’m the Senior Director of Quality Support Initiatives and I’ll be your lead educator for this free online course. I collaborate with national and international teacher training organisations to design professional learning. My expertise is in the areas of performance assessment, quality assurance, and the continuous improvement of teacher education.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsIn the course, we’ll start by looking at some assessment strategies before gaining an understanding of the importance of validity, reliability and fairness in building quality assessments. In the second and third weeks, you’ll explore how you can develop rubrics and surveys as part of an assessment framework, and you’ll get the opportunity to create your own by following our simple five-step process. This is a collaborative course where you can discuss best practice and get feedback on your work from your peers. So, if you’re interested in measuring and improving the quality of your program or project, this is the course for you. Join our global collective of professionals, take part in the discussions, and let’s learn together about designing quality assessments.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 – Building quality assessments

  • The importance of validity, reliability and fairness in developing assessments
  • National assessment instruments in use worldwide
  • Developing local assessments
  • The impact of technology on measurement

Week 2 – Rubrics

  • The role of rubrics in assessment
  • How to design effective rubrics to evaluate performance
  • How to test rubric calibration

Week 3 – Surveys

  • The role of surveys in assessment
  • The steps in writing surveys
  • How to design effective surveys for use with a selected audience

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Summarise the importance of validity, reliability, and fairness in building quality assessments.
  • Discuss the role of rubrics within quality assessments.
  • Design effective rubrics for use in evaluating performance.
  • Discuss the role of surveys within quality assessments.
  • Design effective surveys for use with a selected audience.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professional educators and aimed at those interested in the planning and administration of locally-produced assessments.

All levels of experience are welcomed, including assessment coordinators, student teachers, school and college educators, university academics and edtech professionals. If you are skilled in the area of assessment, you will be most interested in the discussions among colleagues. If you are new to assessment, you will find the course helpful in getting you up to speed. You are also encouraged to join in the discussions, where you can learn from the more experienced participants.

Who will you learn with?

Linda McKee

I collaborate with universities, national, and international partners to design professional learning in the areas of performance assessments, quality assurance, and continuous improvement.

Mark LaCelle-Peterson

Educational systems and processes fascinate me. I have worked in diverse institutions as a researcher, faculty member, and administrator, and also in quality assurance. And I love Old Norse sagas.

Who developed the course?

Founded in 1948, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national alliance of educator preparation dedicated to offering high-quality, evidence-based programs

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $74 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • The importance of quality assessments
    The importance of quality assessments
    video

    Linda McKee from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education explains to find out the effectiveness of a training program.

  • The elements of quality assessments
    The elements of quality assessments
    video

    Linda McKee from AACTE discusses the importance of ensuring assessment of teacher preparation programs are valid, reliable, and fair.

  • Steps in writing surveys
    Steps in writing surveys
    video

    Watch Linda McKee from AACTE's five-part process for designing and deploying a survey to measure student satisfaction in your teaching program.