Throughout this destination
you will be exposed to different aspects of assessment and evaluation.
So what are "assessment" and "evaluation"? While these terms are definitely related, they are not identical in meaning. In Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses (2000), Mary Huba and Jann Freed define assessment as:
the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning (p. 8).
In contrast to the above description of assessment, Blaine Worthen and James Sanders define evaluation as:
the determination of a thing’s value; in education, it is the formal determination of the quality, effectiveness, or value of a program, product, project, process, objective or curriculum (p. 23).
The assessment and evaluation processes serve many functions for students, instructors, program directors, department chairs, and institutions. Dr. Steven Ehrmann, director of the Flashlight Program and vice president for The TLT Group, explains why assessment and evaluation are important considerations for distance education.
(Also, you may access the destination's Resources Page to find references about assessment and evaluation mentioned in the Ehrmann's interview.)
During this destination, you'll learn the following driving skills (objectives):
Let's start by learning about the types and purposes of assessment and evaluation.
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