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Step 4: Gathering Evidence

  • Assessment Options: Methods of Collecting Evidence - Numerous examples of how to collect assessment data (Arkansas Tech University).
  • Assessment Planning Worksheet - A table for keeping track of sources of data, when data collection will take place, and who will collect the data (Clayton State University).
  • Basic Statistic for the Classroom – Helpful information for using basic statistics (University of Lethbridge, Alberta).
  • Closing the Loop: Using Assessment Data to Improve Teaching and Learning - Excellent example of how to get information about specific SLOs from tests (slides 10-11) (workshop at Clayton State University by Gary May).
  • Conducting Web-Based Surveys - Solomon, David J. (2001), Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 7(19).
  • Data Collection and Sampling – An easy to understand PowerPoint from Chapter 5 of Gerard Keller’s book, "Stats for Management and Business" (2005) published by Thompson Learning, Inc.
  • Develop a Plan for Collecting Data - Addresses important considerations on how assessment data will be gathered (excerpted from Department Level Assessment: Promoting Continuous Improvement by Susan R. Hatfield, Idea Paper #35, May 1999).
  • Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Analyzing Data and Forgot - Walks you through step-by-step on how to set up an Excel spreadsheet, validation rules, run analyses (including descriptives, correlations, t-tests), and use tables to summarize data (Wendy Kallina).
  • Item Analysis without Complicated Statistics - Sections include Item Analysis in Eight Simple Steps; Interpreting Item Analysis; Crunch Your Own Numbers (University of Lethbridge, Alberta).
  • Research Resources – Quantitative, qualitative, and statistical resources.
  • Sample Size Calculator - “This Sample Size Calculator is presented as a public service of Creative Research Systems. You can use it to determine how many people you need to interview in order to get results that reflect the target population as precisely as needed. You can also find the level of precision you have in an existing sample.”
  • Sampling for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes - Provides an overview of key sampling concepts and fuller explanations for each.