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For Faculty and Staff

SLO information for faculty

Upcoming Taskstream workshops:

DAY: Every Wednesday 11:00-12:00 in R29 (TLC)* Note that there will be NO workshop on Wednesday, March 11.
EVENING: Every-other Monday 5:00-6:00 in R29 (TLC): Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, (NO workshop on Mar. 9), Mar. 23, Apr. 6, Apr. 20, May 4, & May 18


The Assessment Process for Courses:

There are four steps in the assessment of student learning: 1) the assessment plan, 2) the assessment results, 3) the action plan, and 4) the status update. A rubric for assessment work has been developed; use this Rubric for Evaluating Assessment Results to assess your assessment.

The most important part of the assessment process is the action plan. This is the part that describes what changes will be made to improve on your results. Some examples of action items are:

  • revision of course outlines
  • revision of student learning outcomes and/or the assessment tool
  • revision of textbook choices
  • improved access to specific student services (e.g. expanded computer lab hours)
  • inclusion of embedded support with instructional assistants and/or embedded tutors
  • development of supplemental course materials
  • improved assignment scaffolding (e.g. rubrics, models, prompts, etc.)
  • clarification of course and/or assignment expectations
  • utilization of the “flipped classroom” approach
  • increased use of technology


Once you have carried out your assessment, collected data, and developed a plan for improvement, you will need to input this information into Taskstream.

It is often easier to describe your assessment work before you attempt to document it in Taskstream. A word file (ASSESSMENT PLAN) has been created which mimics the Taskstream prompts. You can fill this out offline and then cut and paste your responses into taskstream using the directions given above.

Entering Assessment Data Into Taskstream:

In order to document your course assessment in Taskstream, you will need to do the following six steps. Each step has a pdf file associated with it that will take you through the steps involved for each task:
  1. Set up a taskstream account at You will need to use the Merritt College Key Code MERRIT-KEYCOD (there’s no typo – the “T” at the end of Merritt and the “E” at the end of keycode are missing). Once your account is set up you will need to email the SLOAC chair, Jennifer Shanoski (, with the names of the courses that you need to edit.
  2. Input your course SLOs. For most courses this step is already complete so this step can be skipped. Adding SLOs
  3. Describe your assessment plan. This is a description of what you plan to do in order to determine whether or not students have achieved the desired outcome.  Adding an Assessment Plan
  4. Describe your assessment results. Describe the results of the assessment. How many students met your expectations? What aspect of the problem/topic/assignment did the students understand well and what did they need to work on more? You will need to determine whether or not you are satisfied with the results for the outcome as measured.  Adding Assessment Findings
  5. Describe your actions to improve learning. Based on the results that you measured, how will you improve in the future? If you are happy with the results, is there any way for you to expand your success in this area to other areas? Are your expectations high enough for the students? This is a place to reflect on your findings and make improvements.  Adding Action
  6. Provide a status update. Once you have had a chance to implement changes, go back and record them.  Adding Status Report


Sample Assessments:

Below, you will find four examples of assessment that have been done at Merritt College. Each of these pdf files was downloaded directly from Taskstream and has an Assessment Plan, Assessment Findings/Results, and an Action Plan for one course SLO. Names have been removed from the documents and notes were added to the bottom of each file commenting on what could be done differently to make the assessment more effective.