Frequently Asked Questions

I am not sure if I have a LiveText account. How do I find out if I have one, and who do I contact to create one for me?

To check if you have a LiveText account, email James Berneking or Pardees Fassihi to receive your username with instructions about how to set up your account for the first time. If you know you have never set up an account before, please email Kailee Rogers from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to obtain a new account.

How can I assess if my course is not aligned with a program learning outcome on the curriculum map?

Even if your course is not specifically aligned with a PLO on the curriculum map, it is very likely that you address one or more PLOs (for example, oral communication, written communication, teamwork, ethics, etc.) that could be assessed based on existing course assignments. Additionally, the WSCUC Core Competencies can be assessed in any course where these outcomes are addressed.

How do rubrics connect to assessment? How many outcomes are addressed in one rubric?

In the LiveText assessment system, one rubric is used for each separate program learning outcome. Rubrics will then be scored by the instructor in LiveText to complete the assessment. For more information on rubrics, click here.

What is the process of using LiveText and scoring students?

Once you set up your LiveText account using the account information sent to you by Pepperdine's LiveText team, you login and on your dashboard you will see the course you are set to assess in. You can begin scoring the rubrics for each student in this course and click here for more specific instructions.

Is there an overall review of assessments I’ve done in LiveText?

When you log into LiveText, the first thing you see is the courses you are scheduled to assess. If you click on a course, you can see and review all of the assessments you have done for that course.

What does I, D, M mean on a curriculum map?

I means the outcome has been introduced in the course, D means developed, and M means mastered.

How do I complete an assessment report in LiveText?

For help on how to complete an assessment report in LiveText, please refer to the Annual Assessment Reports page on our website.

What browser do I need to use for working on annual assessment reports?

Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox work best when completing annual assessment reports.

Who makes rubrics used in LiveText?

Rubrics to be used for the assessment of PLOs are developed by faculty content experts for each specific outcome. The assessment team provides templates, resources, and guidance on best practices for rubric development.

At what level of student learning is assessment conducted at?

Assignments used for assessment address outcomes learned at the program level, also known as program learning outcomes. Student learning outcomes, on the other hand, are outcomes listed in the syllabus, and in a way are more specific than program learning outcomes, that state exactly how students achieve each outcome.

What do faculty need to do in order to set up their assignment in LiveText?

Absolutely nothing! Just let the assessment team know which outcomes you are able to assess, and we will take care of everything for you. From there, all you have to do is grade the rubric!

Does assessment have to take place in one large assignment, or can it occur across multiple smaller assignments?

Assessment for multiple learning outcomes addressed in one course can occur across multiple smaller assignments. If you feel you cannot assess because your course addresses too many/too complex outcomes, you can assess just one or two outcomes in smaller assignments, rather than doing one large project to address several goals that contain multiple outcomes (for help on the difference between goals and outcomes, refer below).

What is the difference between a program learning goal and a program learning outcome?

A program learning goal is a more general learning objective that exists to group together learning outcomes into subject areas. Think of a program learning outcome as a sub-part of a program learning goal. Program learning goals are not assessed; program learning outcomes are assessed.

Refer to an example below, where communication is the general goal and subject area, and oral communication is the outcome one, and written communication is the other outcome two:

Goal 3 Communication: Students have the communication skills to persuasively and professionally articulate their thinking.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to prepare and deliver a persuasive, professional speech on a current topic in their discipline.
Outcome 2: Students will be able to prepare a written report analyzing a business problem.

Do we need to attach the assignment we used for assessment for every student in LiveText, even if the were hard copy quizzes/exams or other assignments?

It is important to attach and upload each student's work into LiveText to provide evidence that how a student was graded on a rubric was actually how he or she performed. If it is too tedious of a task, the assessment team can definitely help scan the documents and lighten the workload for the professor.