How Embedded Assessment Can Make Your Life Easier

March 26, 2014 Kristen Hicks

Implementing a new technology takes time and energy—two things in short supply for just about everyone these days. If you’re going to put the time in to learn how to do things a new way, there needs to be a payoff.

Like most things worth doing, incorporating embedded assessment into your curriculum does involve some extra work initially. Fortunately, the benefits it provides to students will justify any extra work and costs, and with an efficient and easy assessment platform, you’ll also find it makes everyone’s life easier.

For those involved—students, faculty, and administrators—embedded assessment can simplify some of the common tasks associated with higher education.

Embedded Assessment for Students

Students’ ambitions and willingness to work play a huge role in their success, but the tools an institution is able to equip them with along the way can make a difference as well.

A good embedded-assessment platform doubles as an education-analytics tool, giving students the data they need to shape a more successful course in higher education. Personalized, easy-to-understand analytics give students the feedback they need to do the following:

  • Pinpoint any skills or subject areas they need to focus their remediation efforts on.
  • Make an informed decision on the best career paths to pursue based on their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Study more effectively for finals and board exams.

Embedded Assessment for Faculty

Creating tests and administering them become simpler once you have access to a program that keeps every part of the process in one place with an intuitive interface. Yes, in order to get the best results, you’ll need to spend some time tagging all the questions with categories, subject areas, or competencies, but the value you’ll get out of that data will be well worth it. That’s because the data provided by embedded assessment offers immediate insight into how students are performing, making it easy to identify those in need of student remediation and to determine if changes need to be made to curriculums.

Embedded Assessment for Administrators

Administrators are tasked with finding room in their schools’ budgets for an embedded-assessment product. The benefits it can bring as an analytics and faculty tool are clearly worthwhile to those making the purchasing decisions, and embedded assessment offers more direct benefits at the program level as well.

The data embedded assessment provides can help schools better meet the standards required for accreditation; it can drive useful, effective changes in curriculums based on the needs of students; and it can give administrators a powerful tool to make their programs stronger for current students and more attractive to potential ones.

 

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