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ASTL 5705/6705/7705 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ASTL 5705/6705/7705 - Assessment of Learning

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

The course emphasis is on implementation, data collection, analysis, and reporting of results on classroom assessment projects. This course introduces systematic assessment at the classroom level. It provides an overview of models for planning and implementing classroom assessment projects. It presents a rationale for learning-centered assessment and an overview of the tools, techniques, and issues that educators should consider as they design and use assessments focused on learner needs.

Course Outcomes:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and explain the purposes for evaluating student learning.
  2. Discuss the major principles that guide classroom assessment.
  3. Understand and explain issues that impact fairness of classroom assessment and standardized testing, including validity, reliability, and bias and ethics.
  4. Construct appropriate select-response and constructed-response items.
  5. Describe various procedures used in reporting students’ grades.
  6. Accurately interpret and communicate the meaning of standardized test and classroom test scores.
  7. Discuss measurement concepts that are used in test development including reliability, validity, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, and measurement error. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Teacher certification and admission to the TN eCampus M.Ed. program.

Course Topics:

Student will complete the orientation, ten (10) learning modules and a final project.
Topics will include:

  • Module One: Orientation & Overview of Assessment of Learning
  • Module Two: The Breadth of Classroom Assessment
  • Module Three: Learning about Students: Early Assessment
  • Module Four: Lesson Planning and Assessment Objectives
  • Module Five: Assessment During Instruction
  • Module Six: Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Module Seven: Creating Achievement Tests
  • Module Eight: Improving Achievement Tests
  • Module Nine: Performance Assessments and Grading
  • Module Ten: Computer Based Technology and Classroom Assessment

*See description of the final project below under the section: "Assignments and Project" 

Specific Course Requirements:

D2L is the official course management tool for RODP. Students should be skilled in using the tools of D2L especially the e-mail, discussion board, assignment drop box, and taking a quiz. *A free CD is available which demonstrates how to use these tools. Call 1-888-223-0023 to obtain a copy. An online tutorial website is also available that will explain and demonstrate each of the tools. You may also contact your home university for a hands-on training of how to use D2L. Students should be skilled in using WORD, sending and receiving e-mails with attachments. Skilled in using a web browser to connect to websites (Internet Explorer). Skilled in developing PowerPoint presentations and sending them by e-mail attachment.

*Note: Students in need of assistance in acquiring these skills may contact their home university campus content for on-site assistance and training in the noted areas. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Occasionally, exams will be conducted online. No proctors required. *Honor Code 

Grading Procedures:

Students will be graded on the following items that will reflect on their competencies of the ten week course modules plus the final project.

Each module will be presented in this format:

  • Overview 
  • Objectives and Learning Outcomes
  • Key Words/Concepts
  • Content: Readings, Lectures, Assignments, Web Evaluations
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Reflection (Educational Impact)
  • Website Bonus Points (up to a limit of 20 pts. per module)
    • 100 points Orientation
    • 1000 points (100 per module x 10 modules)
    • 200 points for Final Project



Grading Scale:

Grading Scale: (Students must complete all assignments, modules, quizzes, and final project for consideration of a final letter grade) 

1300-1170 pointsA
1169-1040 pointsB
1039-910 pointsC
909-780 pointsD
779 points or belowF

(conference with instructor to address class participation, performance and products)
Students must present documentation of their unexpected circumstances to request an "I" (incomplete).
*Students receiving an incomplete must complete assignments within three weeks after the end of the semester.

Assignments and Projects:

Students must complete all the assignments noted in each of the ten modules. These assignments may include readings, case studies, quiz/assessments, key terms/concepts, administering and analyzing rubrics, developing assessment tools, researching, participating in various modes of electronic communication (e-mail, discussion board, etc.), and developing power point presentations.

Final Project: (Two weeks to complete project) 

  • (1.a) Design two Assessment Instrument of your choice using an online website such as Survey Monkey (multiple choice, short answer, true and false, summative, formative, standards based, rubrics). Make sure you design each test with a different format. Administer each test to two classmates. Assess and compare the performance and outcomes of the two classmates and note your findings and recommendations. Be sure to also assess your experience during the presentation of the lesson.

*You are to present your final project in a power point presentation. 

Class Participation:

Class Participation:

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course in order to make a satisfactory grade. For example, students must communicate with other students via D2L email and discussion board exchange. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor on a regular basis each week and check the course calendar weekly for announcements. Students must actively participate in threaded discussion activities to complete the core concepts of each module. 

Late Policy:

Students must complete essays and other assignments as noted by the due date on the class calendar. Students are responsible for notifying the instructor upon any late assignments. Assignments more than a week late will not receive the maximum grading points. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 22, 2017