Assessing Adult Learning w/ Dori Tattrie

Dori had an existing assessment tool that was time-consuming but her need to create an effective and efficient process to assess learning was critical to having a comprehensive OBM certification program.

As the director of a certification program, Dori was responsible for ensuring the final projects were graded by a team of experts in addition to other responsibilities. Improving the program's assessment of student learning was an opportunity to integrate adult learning and instructional design best practices.

Here's Dori's before and after:

BEFORE 

  • Assessment tool focused on qualitative evaluation
  • Grading panel spent multiple hours individually and collectively negotiating final project results
  • Grading included variable subjectivity

AFTER

  • Refined assessment tool focused on quantitative measures
  • Decreased overall time spent grading
  • Grading was solely based on specific objective findings

As the director of a certification program, Dori was responsible for ensuring the final projects were graded by a team of experts in addition to other responsibilities. Improving the program's assessment of student learning was an opportunity to integrate adult learning and instructional design best practices.

Here's Dori's before and after:

BEFORE 

  • Assessment tool focused on qualitative evaluation
  • Grading panel spent multiple hours individually and collectively negotiating final project results
  • Grading included variable subjectivity

AFTER

  • Refined assessment tool focused on quantitative measures
  • Decreased overall time spent grading
  • Grading was solely based on specific objective findings

Client's Feedback

The new rubric is working well. The marking committee is really enjoying the specificity and the fact that it is "helpful in making the distinction for the projects that are on the borderline of a pass/redo”.  In a couple of cases it has really cut down on their marking time as well. Overall it’s been a huge help and is a big improvement on our previous system.

Thanks again for all your support of our program. I’m so happy to have been able to collaborate with and learn from you.

- Dori Tattrie, Director, International Association of Online Business Managers
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