When thinking about Assessment Mapping, it is important to understand:
- What an Assessment Map is?
- What an Assessment Map looks like?
- How to create one?
What is an Assessment Map?
Assessment Maps help align assessment activities with a program's Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). In other words, an assessment map visually shows where specific aspects of student learning takes place in the curriculum, and more important for this activity, where specific aspects of student learning are being assessed and monitored.
What does an Assessment Map look like?
Assessment Maps plot assessment activities in a table. Each row in the table represents a Student Learning Outcome of the program. Each column of the table represents a course or required experience in the curriculum for the program. (Sample Assessment Map)
How do I create one?
To create an Assessment Map, start with the Assessment Map template and your program's Assessment Plan. First, copy and paste your program's Student Learning Outcomes into the first column of each row of the template. Each row in the table will represent a Student Learning Outcome in the program being mapped. Then populate the column headers with the required courses and/or experiences in your program. Next, locate a cell in the table where a form of assessment takes place (i.e. an exam question that assesses knowledge acquisition for student learning outcome #1 is administered in a 202 course ). Enter a brief description of the assessment that takes place in the corresponding cell. Do this for all points of assessment in your program's Assessment Plan. Once complete, the Assessment Map should provide a visual representation of your Assessment Plan. The two should align.
If you have questions, or need help creating an Assessment map, feel free to reach out to Ryan @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 375-5249.