PRESENTATION: Leveraging BlackBoard Outcomes Assessment as a Continuous Improvement Strategy at Amarillo College

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Tina Babb (Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Amarillo College)



This session will examine how Amarillo College utilizes the Blackboard Outcomes Assessment application as an assessment method for continuous improvement. This has led to the creation of a five-year cycle of assessment of student learning outcomes that has never been easier! Not only has this application saved a lot of time in the conversion from hard-copy artifact assessment to assessing on a digital platform, we also have a secondary benefit of addressing several of our SACS-COC accreditation standards. Our process also encourages faculty participation in our institution wide assessment plan by having this assessment tool housed in the same application as their LMS for course content and grading.


In particular, we leverage this technology to assess our institutional student learning outcomes (ISLOs) for general education competency assessment as well as our program student learning outcomes (PSLOs) at the program level. We recently completed a pilot of this application and went live with a full implementation in the fall 2017 semester. We are in the data analysis phase and can demonstrate the data from our assessment work.


Breakout session delivered during the 2018 Blackboard Analytics Symposium