University of California, Riverside

Evaluation and Assessment


Previous Workshops

Program Assessment Basics

This workshop covered the basics of assessing student learning at the program level, including creating student learning outcomes, curriculum maps and assessment methods. The handout is available here.

Assessment Resources

Planning and Coordinating Program Level Assessment

This handout  presents some ideas on how to organize assessment activities across multiple courses or instructors and how they might be planned over time.

ePortfolios: Documenting and Assessing Student Learning

Portfolios can provide students with ways to collect, reflect upon and present examples of their own work. For a brief on eportfolios- including several (free) online platforms- see this handout. This  presentation  from the campus instructional design group has ideas on finding and implementing a portfolio tool.

Teaching and Assessing Oral Communication 

A past workshop highlighted efforts by the Department of Theater Film and Digital Production to expand course offerings focused on oral communication. A rubric that may be very useful for assessing oral communication in other courses on this campus (with or without modification) is available here.


Rubrics can be useful in a number of ways, including assessment of student learning. A well-designed rubric can help align evidence of student learning from particular assignments in particular courses with program level student learning outcomes. A rubric can also allow assessment work to overlap with routine grading and streamline the assessment process. Thanks to Golberry Long for this example rubric for a writing assignment  and a blank rubric that could be used to create your own rubric. The Instructional Design Group has provided additional information on integrating rubrics into iLearn.  

Assessing Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to find, assess and use information from a variety of sources. This ability is increasingly important as more and more people have access to more and more information. Here you can find a rubric that could be use to assess information literacy (with or without changes) as well as information on instructional support from the libraries for integrating information literacy into coursework.

UC Resources

The following UC campus web sites provide extensive resources on student learning outcome assessment, with templates, sample learning outcomes, best practices, and detailed how-to guides.

Additional Resources

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)

Established in 2008, the mission of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) is to discover and disseminate ways that academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data internally to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, and externally to communicate with policy makers, families and other stakeholders.

WASC 2013 Handbook of Accreditation

Newly revised, the WASC 2013 Handbook provides a broad overview of accreditation process and the larger context for the institutional mandate of assessing student learning.

Association of American Colleges and Universities' (AAC&U) rubrics for Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE)

All VALUE rubrics can be found here, and additional information about the VALUE initiative at the AAC&U's website ; the quantitative reasoning rubric can be found here.

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