Learning outcomes serve as the basis for effective assessment. All graduate courses should have learning outcomes. The Graduate School Guidelines on Learning Outcomes provide departments and curriculum committtees advice on constructing learning outcomes, especially for 400/500 level courses. For online courses, the Graduate School highly recommends seeking a Quality Matters assessment.
Assessment is a process of focusing on educational outcomes, assessing how well we are reaching them, and making changes to better serve our students. Assessment helps Miami to learn about students’ experiences, to know whether or not our students are gaining the skills they need to succeed, and to improve our curricular and co-curricular offerings. As an institution, we collect this information in a number of different ways. Some information is collected by means of surveys or from questions on course evaluations. Additionally, instructors and departments use assessment of student written work and other performances to determine if students are achieving the learning outcomes for a course or the desired outcomes in the major. In some of your courses, instructors will collect your work for university assessment purposes.
In addition to being evaluated by your course instructor, this academic work may be viewed by designated Miami University personnel to assess the achievement of broader program goals within Miami University. Short quotations from your work that do not identify you may be included in assessment reports. Any work that can be connected with you will not be shared with a public audience nor will it be used for other purposes, such as published research, without your explicit written consent. Assessment data are used by the university to determine how effective we are at helping students in general be successful at reaching learning goals, not to evaluate your work as an individual student.