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In eLumen, an Assessment (or rubric) is a tool for consistently and accurately measuring student performance on particular learning outcome(s) across settings, assignments, and disciplines. Rubrics contain 3 key components: Dimensions, Mastery Levels, and Performance Descriptors (see glossary entries for each component for more information).
PCC’s assessment software platform is eLumen, a commercial web-based assessment program used to manage the process of collecting and analyzing assessment data at the course, program, and institutional levels.
eLumen structures academic units according to what they call “Organizations.” Within the institution (the largest organization), “Departments” oversee groups of similar disciplines, usually sharing one or more “Department Coordinators” (i.e. Chairs). “Programs” within these Departments are generally defined by a shared course prefix (with some minor exceptions).
Called a “Curriculum Map” in eLumen, mapping out how our SLOs align allows us to only assess once using our more specific course or program rubrics while still aggregating valuable information about where and how well students are learning and mastering PCC’s more general outcomes—eLumen calculates it for us!
Faculty and Department Chairs “plan” assessment activities for particular courses and programs along with corresponding rubrics for evaluating student performance on these activities. In eLumen, “planning an assessment” is the language used to describe “distributing” or “assigning” a rubric to a course or section for assessment.
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