Assessment Resources, Rubrics & More

Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's Taxonomy - pyramid with words from the top: create, evaluate, analyze, apply, understand, remember. Words along the side of each segment of the pyramid from the top: top box - design, compose, write, plan, combine, formulate; second box- reframe, criticize, judge, order, support, decide; third box - compare, infer, classify, survey, contrast, connect; fourth box - solve, modify, use, teach, calculate, act, construct; fifth box - summarize, describe, ask, report, interpret, discuss; sixth box - define, identify, list, name recognize, recall

2014 Assessment
Retreat Materials

newAssessing Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines
Presented by Bonnie Paller; Joel Krantz, CTVA; Marquita Pellerin, PAS; Kristina Meshelski, Philosophy; Weimin Sun, Philosophy
newThe Years in Review
Presented by Bonnie Paller
newGE Rubric/Assessment Comparitive Cultural Studies and Critical Thinking
Presented by Anu Thakur, Coordinator of Assessment and Beth Lasky, Director of GE
newmyCSUNtablet Assessment
Presented by Cindy Malone, Biology; Mary-Pat Stein, Biology; Tae Kim, Journalism, and Stephanie Bluestein, Journalism
newElectronic Assessment System (EAS)
Presented by Bettina Huber


Film Studies Capstone Rubric
Philosophy Department Critical Thinking Rubric
Critical Response Evaluation Rubric
Critical Thinking Rubric
Prdouced by the Big Five Rubric Task Force. Please use and send feedback!
Rubric for Thesis Evaluation
Contributed by Gini Vandergon
Graduate Proposals Rubric for Biology
Contributed by Gini Vandergon
G. E. Assessment Rubric
Developed, normed and coordinated by the G.E. Assessment Team
Rubric for Written Communication
Created by Turnitin as a Common Core Rubric For Grades 11-12
UPDATED Critical Thinking Rubric - Learning Habits Project
Produce by the Learning Habits Task Force

Useful Materials

Assessment Terms and Definitions
newBloom's Taxonomy - Verbs that Demonstrate Critical Thinking
CSUN Perspectives on Assessment
QOLT Checklist for Well-Designed Online/Hybrid Courses
QOLT Checklist for Writing Effective Learning Outcome Statements
Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in HIgher Education
An article from NILOA which you might find interesting and useful.
Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
The best single place to look for resources, guidebooks and links to assessment websites for universities nationwide
Learning Habits Written Communication Project Report 2012-2013

Assessment Spotlight

AAC&U Launches Initiatives to Advance Transformative Change in General Education and Student Learning Assessment
AAC&U announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the organization a $2,305,000 grant to support initial work on two initiatives designed to significantly improve the quality of undergraduate education and increase student success. With support from the Gates Foundation, AAC&U will launch on December 1, 2013 two far-reaching educational change efforts—GEMs (General Education Maps and Markers) and VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education). The new projects will lay the groundwork for a cornerstone to capstone “remapping” of general education, and for a new approach to quality assurance that moves students’ own work to the center of educational assessment and accountability. Both projects are part of AAC&U’s ongoing LEAP initiative (Liberal Education and America’s Promise), which works to make the most powerful forms of learning a resource for all college students and which challenges the trend toward broad learning for some students and narrower learning for many others.

Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP)
LEAP embraces a 21st-Century Definition of Liberal Education and promotes:

  • Essential Learning Outcomes—as a guiding vision and national benchmarks for college learning and liberal education in the 21st century
  • High-Impact Educational Practices—that help students achieve essential learning outcomes
  • Authentic Assessments—probing whether students can apply their learning to complex problems and real-world challenges
  • Inclusive Excellence—to ensure that every student gets the benefits of an engaged and practical liberal education.
LEAP leaders also work to engage the public with core questions about what really matters in college and to connect employers and educators as they build new partnerships and make the case for the importance of liberal education in a global economy and in our diverse democracy. For more information about the LEAP initiative, please read the "Introduction to LEAP" brochure.


Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT)

Presented by: Brett Christie, Ph.D., QOLT Program Director & Faculty Development Liaison, CSU Academic Technology Services, Li Wang, Ph.D., QOLT Program Coordinator & Instructional Designer, CSU Northridge, Dora Preminger, Ph.D., Physics & Astronomy, CSU Northridge
"QOLT, a program of CSU Academic Technology Services, was developed to assist faculty, faculty developers, and instructional designers to more effectively design hybrid and online courses. The QOLT evaluation instrument was informed by existing models of traditional-hybrid-online course evaluation, as well as long-standing research on effective teaching and learning."
Video/Slides of the presentation


External Resources Feed

Spring 2013 Assessment Retreat Presentations

Future Forecast for Assessment Powerpoint Presentation by Bonnie Paller
Exposing Major Assessment Challenges - Activity and Powerpoint Presentation by Gini Vandergon
Rubrics Introduction Powerpoint Presentation by Marilynn Filbeck
Rubric for Graduate Level Proposals and Thesis Powerpoint Presentation by Gini Vandergon
Rubric for Undergraduate Writing Powerpoint Presentation by Sharon Klein
Rubric for G.E. Cultural Studies Powerpoint Presentation by Gigi Hessamian, Beth Lasky, Anu Thakur, and Mintesnot Woldeamanuel