Estell makes presentations at 2015 ABET
John K. Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science, gave two presentations at the 2015 ABET Symposium held in Atlanta, Ga.
The first was "Evaluating Rubric-Based Data with Performance Heuristics" and the second was "Standardized, Streamlined Assessment Reporting using Performance Vectors and Faculty Course Assessment Reports (FCAR)."
"Evaluating Rubric-Based Data with Performance Heuristics" discussed ways that a rubric-based program outcomes assessment process can be streamlined. In this presentation, Estell illustrated a methodology that goes beyond a simplistic “yes-no” approach to the evaluation of assessment data. This is achieved through using heuristics that are applied as "educated guesses" to prune the amount of assessment data down to the point where an acceptable result categorizing student outcome performance in terms of being below, meeting, or exceeding expectations can be obtained in an acceptable amount of time.
For his second presentation, "Standardized, Streamlined Assessment Reporting using Performance Vectors and Faculty Course Assessment Reports (FCAR)," Estell presented a methodology designed for promoting and documenting a sustainable assessment process. The FCAR document consists of a sequence on predefined categories that instructors used to report on an offering of a course, including course modifications, outcomes assessment information, instructor reflection, and suggestions for course and/or curricular improvements. Included with this is the concept of performance vectors, used to categorize aggregate student performance on artifacts used in the outcomes assessment process. FCARs and performance vectors provide assessment information in a readily-accessible common format that can then be extracted, evaluated, and summarized in a way that allows all student outcomes to be easily evaluated.