Outcomes assessment in practice: Reflections on two Australian implementations
Abstract: This chapter provides a critical reflection of the experiences of the authors in two different projects that have explored the assessment of higher education students’ learning outcomes. The discussion begins by providing a context to the Australian higher education system in which these projects were undertaken. It then explores each of these assessments separately, offering sections for each on background, engagement, implementation and reporting. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the different approaches used in each project, highlighting lessons learned and offering reflections for future work. The two case studies provide useful lessons for the future establishment of outcomes assessments across institutions in higher education. It is clear there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ way in which to undertake these projects.
Keywords: test design and validation; assessment implementation; engineering education; medical education