Here is a summary of frequently-asked questions by faculty, and answers from the Instructional SLO Facilitator (iSLOF), pertaining to SLOs and their assessment.
These are current as of September 25, 2012, and reflects agreements reached in the SLO Assessment Committee (SLOAC).
Note that some of these answers are subject to change as the assessment process goes forward and we continually improve it.
rs are subject to change as the program review process goes forward and we continually improve it.
For the convenience of faculty, WebSLOs 2.0 is available on our public website.
Only outcome statements and assessment status are available, however, with details and assessment results residing on the protected "U drive", which is accessible off-campus over the "WebVPN".
There are forms for updating status and submitting assessment results -- these are password-protected, using a scheme that authenticates users through their DVC email.
"Logging in" is done by "email authentication".
Since WebSLOs 2.0 uses email authentication instead of a new set of passwords, it's called "authentication" instead of "logging in".
You don't have to worry about authenticating until you have changes to submit.
At that time you'll see an authentication form appear automatically.
Use your @dvc.edu email address to authenticate yourself using the form.
The results of course assessments done in any academic year are to be submitted by the end of the following fall semester.
While it's possible so submit fall and spring (and summer) assessments separately, it's recommended that all assessments for an academic year be considered together.
An academic year's program assessment results are to be submitted by the end of the spring semester.
Version 1.0 used the old eSLOs database to store outcome statements and assessment history.
The computer that housed eSLOs was retired in 2010, and its data transferred to one that is maintained by the iSLOF.
As a result, faculty no longer have the option to bypass the WebSLOs form for entering assessment results by using eSLOs instead.
This is the major structural difference between the two versions.
A more visible change is that we no longer refer to the "date in which action plans were implemented", which caused confusion with the semester for which assessments were performed.
The new version refers only to the academic years in which assessments were performed, without also keeping track of the individual semesters or when action plans were to be implemented.