Mark Verbitsky: Assessment of Student Learning (COVID-19)

April 03, 2020
Assessment of Student Learning in Remote Teaching and Learning Contexts Focusing on More Formative Assessments

By Mark Verbitsky, Assistant Professor of Teaching Political Science

Q. How have you reconsidered your course-level assessment plans in light of the remote teaching and learning context?

University Writing Program

Program Learning Outcomes University Writing Program

Writing Process        

Deploy various strategies for engaging in writing as an iterative and social process that involves self-reflection, metacognition, and respectful collaboration

Rhetorical Situation

Compose texts in a variety of modes (print, visual, digital, multimodal) driven by the exigencies and constraints of rhetorical situations and in response to the demands of public, private, and academic contexts

Information Literacy

Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research

Program Learning Outcomes Mathematical Analytics and Operations Research
  • Have a mental habit of logical thinking, and familiarity with the tactics of problem solving. Students will be able to estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution, and interpret their results.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of rigorous mathematical argument that justifies decisions or analysis. Students will be able to write well-organized and logical mathematical arguments.

Cinema and Digital Media

Program Learning Outcomes Cinema and Digital Media

Student learning outcomes comprise depth of knowledge in each of the following areas: practice, production, and programming; an understanding of the historical and analytic contexts of photography, film, and digital media (for example, an understanding of the history of technology since the mid-19th century); familiarity with theoretical approaches to both of these areas; and advanced writing and research skills. 


Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Program Learning Outcomes Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
  • Comprehend and apply major theoretical approaches to the study of gender in local and international contexts.
  • Understand gender as historically changing and imbricated with race, sexuality, class, nationality, ability and other relations of difference (intersectionality).
  • Proficiently apply research skills to approach questions within women and gender studies from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to identify, assess and utilize sources from both print and electronic media (interdisciplinarity)

Theatre and Dance

Program Learning Outcomes Theatre and Dance (Dramatic Art)

Students will demonstrate: 


Program Learning Outcomes Statistics

Learn the basics of:

  • statistical reasoning and inferential methods
  • statistical modeling and its limitations
  • interpreting and communicating the results of a statistical analysis
  • data analysis using statistical computing tools and software
  • probability and the mathematical foundations of statistics



Program Learning Outcomes Spanish
  • Demonstrate effective communicative skills in Spanish in the Interpersonal, Interpretative and Presentational modes.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness with respect to the diversity of the Spanish speaking world by comprehending Spanish for native speakers in a variety of settings, types of discourse, topics, registers, and broad regional variations.
  • Demonstrate awareness of discourse in the disciplines in oral and written registers.
  • Demonstrate analytic, interpretive and critical thinking skills with respect to linguistics,


Program Learning Outcomes Sociology
  • Engage in critical, analytical thinking and writing.
  • Describe and analyze the connections between individuals, institutions, and social structure, which is fundamental to the sociological enterprise.
  • Discuss and synthesize the leading sociological paradigms, including the foundational work of Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Marx.
  • Conduct original research and collect data using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Understand the crucial role of gender, race, class, and ethnic diversity in major American