College of Arts & Sciences

Articles on Assessing Student Learning

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One of the seminal works on the shift to learner-centered pedagogy:
Barr, R.B. & Tagg, J. (1995). "From teaching to learning - A new paradigm for undergraduate education." Change, 27(6), 12 - 25.

Move beyond assessment as a measure of student success to assessment to assure student success:
Earl, L.M. (2013). Assessment as Learning: Using Classroom Assessment to Maximize Student Learning, Second Edition. CA: Corwin, A SAGE Company.

The new Bloom's Taxonomy has both cognitive and knowledge dimensions:
Pickard, M.J.(2007). "The new Bloom's taxonomy: An overview for family and consumer sciences." Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education , 25(1) , 45-55.

Seven suggestions for establishing fair assessment practices:
Suskie, L. (2000). "Fair Assessment practices: Giving students equitable opportunities to demonstrate learning." AAHE Bulletin, May 2000

Research-based suggestions on course-level assessments that will improve student learning:
Rust, C. (2002). "The impact of assessment on learning: How can the research literature practically help to inform the development of departmental assessment strategies and learner-centered assessment practices?" Learning in Higher Education 3(2), 145 - 158.

Excerpts from their book that are helpful for assessing student learning:
Huba, M.E. & Freed, J.E. (2000) Learner-centered assessment on college campuses: Shifting the focus from teaching to learning. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

This edition of AAC&U's Peer Review focuses on assessing student learning:
Peer Review, Spring 2007, No.9 Vol. 2

For topics including assessment for learning, feedback, e-assessment, formative assessment, see:
Cano, E. & I. Georgeta. (2017). Innovative Practices for Higher Education Assessment and Measurement. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

This bibliography contains resources on a variety of topics, including research on learning, assessment techniques, campus assessment handbooks, and campus reports on assessing student learning:
Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions. (2003). Regional accreditation and student learning: A bibliography. Philadelphia: Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

This article provides information on the various uses and benefits of portfolios and eportfolios:
Bulter, P. (2006). A review of the literature on portfolios and eportfolios. eCDF ePortfolio Project, Massey University.

The following articles are a good starting point for a literature review of rubrics: