Course Assessment

Faculty and instructional staff are responsible for guiding and monitoring student learning throughout an academic program beginning at the course level. When designing new courses or developing current offerings, it is important to establish course-level student learning outcomes that advance aspects of the academic program goals.

All courses offered at UW-Madison must clearly articulate course goals and student learning outcomes in their respective syllabi. The learning outcomes for courses should align with, and accumulate to, a full set of learning outcomes for the academic program.

Information about the UW-Madison course approval process can be found on the Academic Planning and Institutional Research website.

Benefits of Course Assessment

Frequent use of course assessments:

  • Provides regular feedback about student progress (quizzes, tests, etc.)
  • Gives insight into day-to-day teaching methods and student learning processes.
  • Provides students with a means of gauging their own learning and then modify study strategies as appropriate.
  • Provides student data and feedback for instructors for course improvements

Methods & Techniques

There are a variety of course assessment methods and techniques, but typically, they involve activities such as: