Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators
A Practical Approach

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For many in international education, assessment can seem daunting and overwhelming, especially given that such efforts need to involve much more than a pre/post survey. This book is a practical guide to learning-outcomes assessment in international education for practitioners who are starting to engage with the process, as well as for those who want to improve the quality and effectiveness of their assessment efforts.

Assuming no prior knowledge, the book offers an accessible and clear road map to the application of assessment. Recognizing that a “one size fits all” approach cannot capture the diversity of goals and settings of international education, or the rich variety of programs and organizations involved in delivering it, author Darla Deardorff provides the reader with foundational principles and knowledge to develop appropriate assessment approaches for evaluating and improving student learning outcomes, which are the drivers of higher education internationalization

She provides the background for assessment, highlights how the characteristics of international education pose unique challenges for assessment, considers the contexts to which assessment may be applied – whether in cross-border or “at home” institutional experiences, such as in curricular, co-curricular or extracurricular settings – and distills a seemingly convoluted process into a manageable approach. From the basics of getting started in assessment to highlighting pitfalls to avoid, this book offers a holistic and practical approach to assessment that moves beyond seeing assessment as a discrete activity to on-going process that is integrated into student learning. There is also a unique chapter for education leaders on assessment essentials from a leadership-perspective.

The appendices include worksheets for implementing assessment, creating an assessment team, and getting buy-in from stakeholders. Other appendices include a list of standards adapted to international education outcomes assessment, guidance on assessing intercultural competence, and resources.

This book reflects the author’s experience of over a decade of work with international education programs and higher education institutions around the world, and synthesizes what she has learned into an easy-to-use resource for anyone who wants to understand and utilize effective assessment in the field of international education.

Table of Contents:
Foreword 1 – Trudy Banta

Foreword 2 – Hans de Wit



Chapter 1: Framing International Education Assessment

Chapter 2: Thirty Frequently Asked Questions on Assessment in International Practice

Chapter 3: The Unique Assessment Context of International Education

Chapter 4: Principles for Effective Assessment in International Education

Chapter 5: Approaching International Education Assessment Holistically: The Logic Model

Chapter 6: Getting Started

Chapter 7: Developing an Assessment Strategy: The Assessment Process

Chapter 8: Pitfalls to Avoid, Strategies and Lessons Learned

Chapter 9: The Leadership Role in International Education Assessment

Chapter 10: The Future of International Education Assessment


Appendix A: Handouts and Worksheets

Appendix B: Assessing Intercultural Competence as a Learning Outcome of International Education

Appendix C: Some Thoughts on Assessing Intercultural Competence

Appendix D: Checklist for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Outcomes Assessment in International Education

Appendix E: Some Assessment Tools for International Education Contexts

Appendix F: International Education Learning Outcomes Examples

Appendix G: Selected Assessment Resources for International Educations



Sample: Introduction

Reviews & Endorsements:
“Few words strike fear in the hearts of post-secondary teachers more than 'assessment'. Darla K. Deardorff provides relief from this fear by removing the mystery from the process of assessment. She places it within the healthy context of enabling teachers to see if their work is actually accomplishing what they intend for it to accomplish, and, on a broader scale, if the overall mission of the institution is being achieved. Deardorff takes time to define all of the technical terms so that even those who feel like novices in this domain understand the issues, making it an easy read. The second half of the book is comprised entirely of appendices, full of succinct guidelines on how to create and implement an assessment plan along with examples of tools and processes used at various schools.”
- Reflective Teaching (Wabash Center)
“Darla Deardorff is uniquely qualified to contribute an important text on outcomes assessment for international educators. Her introduction to this volume is an essential beginning for readers interested in finding an overview of purpose and content. This book is aimed at international educators who have no background in assessment but understand that they must engage in providing credible evidence of the effectiveness of their work and need an accessible introduction to the application of evaluation techniques in their field.
For international educators seeking a primer on outcomes assessment in their field, Darla Deardorff has provided an excellent resource. In future years we can anticipate additional significant contributions to the assessment literature from this competent scholar.”
- Trudy W. Banta, Professor of Higher Education and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Academic Planning and Evaluation , Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis