Creating an Effective Learning Environment - Program of study: Bachelors of Science and Technology

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Part I: The final step in the curriculum design and implementation cycle is to prepare a plan to assess the curriculum. For your final discussion, consider how you will assess the program.

Data is collected through a variety of sources. Referencing your Reading and other sources, identify and explain three different methods you will use to collect data in order to improve your program. Remember to have a variety of sources in order to get the most accurate information. Think outside the box here. You do not just want to use student grades or test scores to assess the program. What other things might give a picture of how the program is running?

Once you have identified the methods, write a descriptive paragraph explaining the process you will use.

Part II: Open a conversation with a selected peer and develop answers to the following questions and post them to your Discussion:

  1. Explain the differences within the data collection processes for assessing a program that is campus based as compared to an online program.
  2. Identify and explain three online data sources that would support the assessment of an online program?
  3. How would you improve an entire online program based upon the data collected?

Reference items you cite — be sure to use APA format for this.


Diamond, R. M. (2008). Designing and assessing courses and curricula: A practical guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Chapter 10: “Gathering and Analyzing Essential Data”

Chapter 14: "Designing and Implementing Your Assessment Plan: Overview and Assessing a Curriculum"

Chapter 15: "Designing and Implementing Your Assessment Plan: Assessing a Course"

Chapter 23: "Using Your Data: Curriculum and Course Revision"

Supplemental Reading

Q: "Diversity in the Classroom: Inclusive Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural Environment"

Case Studies (Textbook)

Case Study 5: "The Flexible Credit and Continuous Registration System: Meeting the Needs for New Instructional Formats"

Case Study 14: "Distance Learning: Lessons Learned"

Case Study 15: "Revising an Existing Course" Music for the Non-Major – State University of New York, College at Fredonia"

From the Library

Levine, L., Fallahi, C., Nicoll-Senft, J., Tessier, J., Watson, C., & Wood, R. (2008). Creating significant learning experiences across disciplines. College Teaching, 56(4), 247–254. Retrieved from EBSCOHost database.

Warner, F. (Nov/Dec2008). Improving communication is everyone's responsibility. Change, 40(6), 26–35. Retrieved from EBSCOHost database.

The following article addresses the topic of learning communities:

Visher, M., Wathington, H., Richburg-Hayes, L., Schneider, E., & Research, P. (2008, May 1). The learning communities demonstration: rationale, sites, and research design. An NCPR working paper. National Center for Postsecondary Research. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED501563. Retrieved from

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School: Carnegie Mellon University



Effective Learning Environment




Data collection methods
Curriculum assessment involves evaluating the program in order to make decisions on
whether the program is s functioning as intended, or meets its goals and objectives it’s a component
of curriculum development. It looks into educational reforms and innovations that happen in the
teaching environment, the school, and the whole education system. This entails systematic
information collection about the characteristics, activities, and results of the curriculum.
Data collection methods for a curriculum that can be employed are broadly classified into
two categories: direct and indirect method. Indirect methods of evaluation assess the ability of
students to reflect on their learning. These methods include surveys/questionnaire and interviews.
Surveys can be conducted in following categories. Firstly, alumni survey to which measures the
degree to which past students believe they have gained and achieved; overall satisfaction with the
program; overall satisfaction with the program delivery; and information on the current
professional or academic status (Diamond, 2008). This survey can be conducted or a continuous
period of time by use of open-ended questions and Likert-rating scale through both online and
manual filling of the documents. Similarly, surveys can also be conducted in program students
with the intention to measure the extent to which current students believe they are achieving
program-level learning results; students overall satisfaction with the program. Likert-rating scales
and open-ended scales are suitable fo...

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