Previously we have explored assessing assignments along with the student work the assignment prompted. We have also experimented with a parallel idea in course evaluations. The work was done in the College of Agriculture Human and Natural Resource Sciences, with their college-wide course evaluation between 2008 and 2009. The course evaluation instrument contains several Likert blocks that ask about constructs: Skills Development, Learning Environment, Critical Engagement and Disciplinary Knowledge.
The data from the course evaluation were reported to faculty in a multi-tabbed Excel workbook. The first tab contained a survey-like structure where faculty were asked to rate their intentions for the course, using the same measures as were included in the student course evaluation, see Figure 1
The second tab of the work book provided a means for faculty to compare their goals with the student perception of how successful the course was at meeting the goal, and also compare the course against a programmatic average, Figure 2.
To date, we have not worked with faculty using these data, nor have the faculty intentions been collected centrally and rolled up the the program level to assess intentions of courses against the goals of the program.