University of California, Riverside

Evaluation and Assessment


Upcoming Workshops

Formal workshops for academic year 2015-16 are over, however Office of Evaluation and Assessment staff are always available to answer questions and consult with individual faculty and/or departments.

Previous Workshops

Program Assessment Basics

The 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.

Planning and Coordinating Program Level Assessment

The workshop covered the ways to plan assessment activities over time and how to coordinate program level assessment across multiple courses or instructors. The handout is available here.

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 workshop demonstrations of eportfolio tools by the Instructional Design team and a discussion of University Honor's launching of a eportfolio initiative; see the full presentation here.

Teaching and Assessing Oral Communication 

This 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.

Cohosted by the Academic Senate. 


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.

The workshop featured an example rubric for a writing assignment  and a blank rubric that could be used to create your own rubric. (Thanks to Golberry Long and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.)

The workshop also demonstrated how to integrate a rubric into iLearn, which can further streamline the overall process. The Instructional Design Group shared 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. Information literacy is also the WASC core competency for the AY15-16 reporting cycle and this workshop is designed to provide additional information about information literacy, expectations for reporting as well as resources for teaching and assessing information literacy. This workshop will include expertise on teaching and assessing information literacy from the UCR History Department and UCR Libraries.

The workshop featured 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.


UCR Resources

  • Annual Report Template can be found here (Assessment Report Template, AY 2015-16) and should be emailed to no later than June 30 2016.
  • There will be small grants (up to $5,000) available to departments planning to improve assessment practices or design or expand capstone courses. Call for applications will be released in January, applications will be due by the end of winter quarter and funds would be available for AY16-17. More details to follow shortly.

UCR WASC Accreditation

UCR Reaccreditation by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

UC Campus 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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