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Evaluation

Assessment impacts the quality of student learning. Performance in exams too often becomes the main goal of education, severely limiting learning outcomes.

The expansion of higher education through online learning is constrained by the difficulties that arise in trying to effectively evaluate the performance of large numbers of students without live personal interaction with instructors.

Moreover, traditional standardized forms of assessment focus only a relative narrow range of content-related learning, overlooking the acquisition of critical problem-solving, leadership, communication and social skills that also constitute essential competencies for work and life accomplishment. Effective assessment tools are needed to enhance learning outcomes. WUC aims to facilitate the development and application of advanced instruments for measurement and evaluation of educational processes.

  • Assessment impacts the quality of student learning. Performance in exams too often becomes the main goal of education, severely limiting learning outcomes.
  • Test scores fail to take into account valuable learning experiences that take place outside the classroom or the university, such as leadership and apprenticeship programs.
  • Testing fails to measure the acquisition of critical skills needed for personal effectiveness and career success.
  • Narrowly defined evaluation systems are one reason why few students acquire the interpersonal, communication, team and leadership skills needed in the workplace.
  • Online courses, which can increase the number of students to be evaluated 10 or 100 times higher than through traditional classroom learning, demand the development of more efficient and more effective systems for evaluation.
  • Some STEM courses lend themselves to automated computerized grading systems that facilitate dramatic expansion of on-line class size.
  • Some universities are also successfully experimenting with student to student systems of evaluation with encouraging results.
  • Experiments are underway in some universities with supplementary systems for evaluation such as badges awarded for mastery of key skills.
  • Collegiate Learning Assessment, CLA + is a new test developed in the US, that is open to all. It enables students, who may have obtained an education from college or outside any organized system, to market themselves. Students can show their scores to prospective employers. It is a potential tool for employers.
  • GPAs carry less weight than they used to, with employers, who have grown skeptical of college credentials.
  • About 25% or 50 million adults in the United States have a professional certification, license, or educational certificate.
  • 96% of adults with a professional certificate or license get it for work-related reasons and report that it can be used to get a job with any employer in the field.