Assessment Methodology

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This section contains postings of David Dirlam to the Methodology Community of Practice of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE). The postings are otherwise only available to the AALHE memberships. The goal is for each posting to be as useful to the HUC-JIR community as it is to the AALHE membership.

Fundamental Issues

   Manageable Program Assessment
   Professional Learning Program Assessment
   Advancing Assessment Research
   Assessment vs. Institutional Research
   Assessment Attentions
   Competence, Composition, Communities and Commitments
   Getting Started with a Learning Outcomes Network
   Sample Size Problems: Significance Bust and Commitment Boom

Building an Assessment Research Community

   AALHE Works!
   Idea Backlog

Establishing Assessment Science

   Establishing Assessment Science
   Why Assessment is Prescientific
   Engaging Assessment Science
   Scientific Progress Rubric
   MOSHE Rubrics Elucidate Paradigmatic Changes

Advancing Research in Assessment Design

   Advancing Research in Assessment Design
   Applying Trillions of Ways to Design
   Successions of Concepts followed by Processes
   The Four Steps of Design
   How Designers’ Dimensions of Research Can Change Assessment
   Envisioning Beautiful Research
   Learned with Delight, Remembered Right
   Analyzing Communication


   Rubrics Rubrics
   Are Learning Outcomes Corrosive to Teaching?
   Developmental Interviewing Tools
   Naming Levels in Rubrics
   Why Should Rubrics Criteria be Called Dimensions?
   Analyzing Rubrics Data

The Four Audiences of Reliability


Typology of Assessment Methods

   What is an Assessment Method?
   Methods Typology
   Ten Questions from Social Science Methodology
   Twenty-One Questions from Design Methodology
   Organizing Assessment Presentations
   Studying Faculty Engagement in Assessment
   Collaboration in Assessment
   Assessment Methodology Queries

Assessment and Complexity

   A Preface
   Deconstruction versus Assessment
   Text Analysis Tools

Authentic Assessment

   Is Authentic Assessment an Authentic Method?
   Developmental Interview Tools
   KANO spells Knowledge from Assessment, Novelty and Organization
   What Areas of Expertise Fit MODEL Rubrics Best?
   New Ideas from Attending to the Succession Model
   Assessing Connections between Coursework and Workplace

Analyzing Learning Outcomes Networks

   What's at Stake?
   Basic Steps
   Focus on Students

Assessment Impossible

   The Program Menu
   Who's the Exec?
   A Glamour Metaphor?
   Preserving the Legacy the Easy Way
   Practical Legacy Preservation
   Inspiring Legacy Preservation
   Nourishing the Imagination

Bankers, Biomes and Bogeys

   Freedman's Bogey
   The Biome Bogey
   Balancing the Bogey

Historical Recapitulation and Educational Practice

   Historical Recapitulation and Educational Practice Introduction
   The Historical and Individual Development of English


   NodeXL Introduction

Applying LON Results

   Evidence and Decisions
Personal tools