Learn More: Plan & Improve
Effective faculty: Assess student learning outcomes and use assessment data to modify instruction. from Criteria for Tenure
How did you use the information gained from your analysis and reflection to adjust and modify your teaching methods?
Teaching, learning and assessing learning is an on-going cycle. Instructors plan, teach, assess their students' proficiency, and review and reflect on their assessment findings. Being a reflective practitioner involves considering the feedback gained from assessment of students' achievement of the outcome to make informed decisions about adjusting/changing teaching methods and/or assessment processes to address students' trajectory to competence.
Sometimes the phrase "closing the loop" is used to refer to the adjustments instructors make to support students in attaining proficiency in the outcome. The adjustments can be teaching methods, assessment practices, external supports, etc.
"Closing the loop": Types and examples of changes.
California State University, Fullerton.
"If the data suggest that the outcome is not met, changes or improvement actions should be planned for the subsequent year."
Close the loop: Adjust pedagogical practice.
Hunter College Office of Assessment.
"Closing the loop is the part of assessment where you get to take action, where you get to be creative and innovate. Based on your findings of where students are struggling or succeeding, you can decide how to adjust your pedagogy."
Curriculum Mapping / Curriculum Matrix.
University of Hawaiʻi - Mānoa.
"Curriculum mapping is a method to align instruction with desired goals and program outcomes. It can also be used to explore what is taught and how. "
Help students use assessment to improve thier learning as well.
SE2R feedback forever changes how teachers, students evaluate learning.
Mark Barnes, "Brilliant or Insane" blog.
"Offer students formative feedback, without attaching it to a grade. When instructors 1) summarize, 2) explain what is achieved/missing, 3) redirect, and ask for a 4) resubmit, without attaching a letter grade, a learning conversation is established."