Overview: How Course Alignment Provides In-depth Learning Data
How does alignment help me gather learning analytics?Alignment occurs when materials and assessments used within a given segment of study accurately prepare students to meet the stated learning objectives. Typically, we ensure alignment within an individual course, but alignment should also be scaled up—to the program, department, college, and university level—and down—to individual questions and assessment activities within the course. A carefully aligned course, program, and department can provide you with a large amount of information to document student progress:
- In what areas of your course do students struggle, and what areas do they quickly understand?
- Which courses in your program need additional work or redesign, and which ones produce successful results time after time?
- How can you streamline the process you use for institutional improvement or outside accreditation?