At CNDLS we believe that assessment is a process, rather than a product, that focuses on identifying, capturing, analyzing, and visualizing information to enhance our understanding of how well learning inputs and learning environments impact and improve student learning outcomes. As a process, assessment is ideally:
In contrast, evaluation often consists of comparing two sets of circumstances, such as the same class taught online and taught in-person, whereas assessment focuses on alignment of achievement with intended goals. However, there is a lot of overlap in the ways of thinking, the methods utilized and the ultimate goals of both assessment and evaluation. Evaluation is typically:
Contact us at CNDLS for a conversation about your assessment questions, project, or needs.
CNDLS offers a confidential Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback service to instructors teaching at Georgetown. This is an assessment technique conducted at the midpoint of the semester that uses small groups to gather feedback from students on aspects of a course that are new or changed from the previous semester, course activities such as class time, homework, projects, lab work, use of technology, and a lot more. The resulting feedback then allows faculty to implement changes in the remainder of the semester based on student comments.
More about mid-semester teaching feedback.
CNDLS provides survey design consultation, hosting and analysis for:
More about designing surveys with CNDLS.
CNDLS works with department chairs and unit leads who wish to assess how well a program or curriculum is serving students and achieving its goals. This work includes developing learning goals, curriculum mapping, developing exit or alumni surveys, conducting focus groups or interviews with graduating seniors, facilitating the scoring of student outputs, and helping gain access to and utilize systems-level or institutional data. Related opportunities include our Course & Curriculum Design consultations and our Productive Open Design Spaces (PODS), where departments can propose a curricular redesign and/or assessment project and receive coaching and creative guidance. You might also check out our 8 Steps to Curricular Change.
Contact us for a conversation about program evaluation.
CNDLS provides support and collaboration for educational research at the course level, such as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) or evaluating the use of new educational technologies or pedagogies, as well as longitudinally for postsecondary educational grants. Support may take the form of advice and consultation, co-design and assistance in data collection, or analysis and co-authorship. CNDLS can provide pedagogical expertise and feedback on the educational components of grant proposals, as well as assistance writing and conducting evaluation sections of postsecondary educational grants from private or federal funders. We are open collaborators and welcome conversations about potential joint research projects.
Contact us for a conversation about educational research and grant support.
CNDLS can help instructors understand and utilize Canvas and other learning platform analytics for the purpose of better understanding and visualizing student engagement with learning materials on the platform. You might be interested in our tip sheet on Canvas course analytics or our recorded webinar.
Contact us for a conversation about learning analytics.
The Learning Analytics Learning Network (LALN) is an international initiative that builds capacity around learning analytics. The master's program that CNDLS founded, the Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) program, is spearheading the DC chapter, LALNDC, of this growing international network.
As a formal interface between the LDT academic program and the broader educational community, LALNDC supports the professional development of students and contributes to the national and international profile of the LDT Program. LALNDC serves as an active community of practice operating through a series of outreach efforts and is led by a student-faculty partnership team. It primarily focuses on activities related to Learning Analytics, Equity, and Social Change. We’d love to have you join us. Fill out the form to join or email the LDT program for more information.
Looking for more tips and resources on assessment?
We’ve put together a collection of guidance and services on learning assessment that you might want to check out.
Visit the teaching guide on assessment and student feedback.
|Assessment Activity||Description||Recent Examples|
|Course-level student assessment||CNDLS consults with instructors around assessment, learning outcomes, feedback, assignments and grading in their course. We also assist instructors in data gathering through student surveys and other forms of feedback which then informs conversations and ideas for course improvement with the instructor.||
Learning goals development and alignment through curricular mapping joining the course and program level
||Course goals, objectives, formative & summative assessment and media assets are all consistently developed and mapped to program goals within our residential and online program design and development work.||
|Curricular assessment, data gathering, and improvement efforts for departments and programs||CNDLS consults with and facilitates conversations with department chairs and leaders on curricular assessment and alignment, as well as helping to perform data gathering for curricular improvement.||
|University-wide assessment conversations and data efforts||CNDLS provides research, information, best practices, and data collection and analysis in support of university committees or provost-requested large scale assessment efforts.|