Too often data from assessments of General Education Outcomes (knowledge, oral and written communication, critical thinking, diversity, professional integrity) are ignored or simply not used other than proving the assessment was done. Kansas State University expects programs to define how the undergraduate learning outcomes align and are demonstrated by students in their programmatic area. Assessment results are collected annually and should be reviewed by programs demonstrating competency that is foundational for many programmatic expectations. A number of programs have used assessment results to transform their curriculum to enhance these important skills. The Office of Assessment can assist programs in using their data to understand student needs and discover what it can mean for teaching and learning.
The purpose of assessment is not administering an assessment task and measure, but analyzing, reporting, and making decisions that could lead to improvement. Again, if faculty are using course-embedded assessments, they’re already collecting evidence. Be sensitive to the extra work of aggregating, analyzing, and reporting. Do all you can to keep the burden of this extra work to a bare-bones minimum and make everyone’s jobs as easy possible.
Part IV finishes the report by formatting charts and adding final touches.
Part III begins the process of creating the report, including the creation of measures and charts.
Part II demonstrates how to create dimensions, including steps to enter data manually, get data from Excel files, and connect to a data warehouse.
An earlier post presented a conceptual overview of using Canvas Outcomes scores in PowerBI. Today, we are presenting a four-part, step-by-step walkthrough detailing how to create a direct assessment dashboard/report in PowerBI. These videos present a variety of options for each step and are meant to be adapted to fit each user’s needs.
The first video in the series covers the creation of the Fact Table using outcomes data exported from Canvas.
New tools available to programs can facilitate collection, management, and analysis of direct assessment data. With these new tools, it is now possible for faculty to assess direct student demonstrations of learning as part of the regular grading process. Data collected in this way can then be automatically analyzed and delivered to those in the program responsible for assessment. When fully implemented, this process has the potential to reduce the amount of time spent on process, and afford programs additional opportunities to use assessment data to guide improvements.
The Office of Assessment can help programs implement these new tools and design custom reports that meet the program’s needs. This article describes using Canvas to collect data, but other options are available. The key is that assessment data is gathered at the student level, which enables connection to other student indicators and metrics. Continue reading “Automating and Deepening Assessment Processes using Canvas and Power BI”