Outcomes Assessment Using Capstone Experiences
Joseph A. Shaeiwitz
West Virginia University
Capstone experiences can be a rich source
of program assessment results. Capstone experiences are those in which students
are expected to apply previously learned knowledge to help solve comprehensive
design, laboratory, or research problems. Therefore, the capstone experience is
a good location in the curriculum from which to obtain program assessment results.
Using capstone experiences creates a feedback loop with a timescale between the
longer-term alumni surveys and the shorter-term course assessments commonly used
as assessment measures. Capstone experiences also provide a mechanism for assessment
by faculty to complement self-assessment instruments such as surveys.
workshop will be interactive and in the following format:
for including most, if not all, required outcomes in a capstone experience
in which project assignments are created that include as many required outcomes
- Instruction on identification of desired attributes in capstone
- Group exercise on identification of attributes desired in
capstone experiences previously developed to include most required outcomes
by the presenter on development of rubrics for assessing attributes of capstone
- Participants work in groups on creating sample rubrics to obtain
assessment information from the capstone experiences previously developed
of simultaneous assessment and grading, using Primary Trait Analysis
of how public presentations of the results of capstone projects can be used to
obtain assessment results
will understand how to include all aspects of ABET Criterion 3ak in capstone
- Attendees will be able to identify desired attributes in
capstone experiences and to develop rubrics to obtain assessment information from
- Attendees will be able to develop and to use rubrics
for simultaneous grading and outcomes assessment of capstone experiences.
Attendees will understand how to use public presentations by students of capstone
experiences to obtain assessment results.