Accreditation and Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
Read answers to common questions in regards to the Accreditation and Assessment department.
To check if you have a LiveText account, email 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I means the outcome has been introduced in the course, D means developed, and M means mastered.
For help on how to complete an assessment report, please refer to the Annual Assessment Reports page on our website.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.