EvalTools LMS

EvalTools® IIS - LMS  provides all the essential elements to manage day-to-day classroom activities. Better yet, EvalTools® LMS is well-integrated with the OAS. Your day-to-day classroom activities contribute seamlessly to the course's outcomes assessment as well as the overall student's or contents assessment. EvalTools® is designed to provide comprehensive treatment for course/teaching assessment and student outcomes assessment in addition to essential learning management features. It provides summative and formative assessment tools to allow teachers to gauge teaching topics aligned with student outcomes (state standards); to ensure the right level of challenge; to focus teaching on the needs of each student; and to implement instructional strategies to increase student achievement. Figure 1 shows the assessment framework that is embedded in EvalTools®.

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Figure 1: EvalTools® Standards Assessment Framework

With State Standards, the key to successful assessment is to have well-defined performance criteria to gauge progress. EvalTools® provides a standard set of performance vectors that classify student performance into Excellent (E), Adequate (A), Minimal (M) and Unsatisfactory (U), an EAMU vector. The standard set of performance vectors provides consistency, yet is adaptable by the individual teacher to assess that the teaching delivery/learning is meeting State Standards.

In addition to gauging meeting State Standards, the EAMU performance vector helps in individual course assessment to give formative and summative evaluation of real-time assessment of student learning. By doing so, the real-time formative evaluation helps the teacher to change or enhance teaching accordingly.

 

Planning-Teaching-Asssessment:

For each class, EvalTools® focuses on the planning-teaching-assessment process. Figure 2 illustrates the three-stage process. EvalTools® LMS centers around the process of planning-teaching-assessment cycle for any given course. By doing so, EvalTools® embeds assessment in teaching and learning activities right from the beginning.

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Figure 2: EvalTools® Planning-Teaching-Assessment Process

 

 Learning Plan: 

Learning Plan: At this stage, EvalTools® captures information on course descriptions, content standards, course outlines, course assessment methods, grading policy, content standards assessment criteria and relationship to state standards, content standards, and objective evidence. EvalTools® provides consistent interfaces to capture the learning plan and activities for the semester. More than a class syllabus, the learning plan also allows you to enter course outcomes and assessment anchors as well as typical information such as course description, course outline, textbook, grading policy, etc. Entries here are available to students, teacher, Principle or Curriculum Director to view or review throughout the semester. Additionally, course outcomes entered here will be used throughout the rest of the assessment modules for content assessment purposes.

 Teaching—Building Course Portfolio:

At this stage, EvalTools® captures information on course descriptions, content standards, course outlines, course assessment methods, grading policy, content standards assessment criteria, and relationship to state standards, content standards, and objective evidence.

Lessons: The Lessons module is where the detailed lectures, planned activities,and course material that you wish students to learn are stored.

Assignments: The EvalTools® assignment module differs from other LMS' assignment modules in its ability to define key assignments that can be tracked for meeting any specified content standards. Graded key assignments are furthered processed to compute the necessary performance vector to gauge the level of success in meeting content standards or even to gauge the effectiveness of teaching and learning process. This particular module is central to the functionality of the EvalTools® outcomes assessment system.

Objective-evidence Folder: EvalTools® automatically composes "key assignments" as part of the objective evidence for direct assessment and the course-exit survey (end-of-semester survey) results as the indirect assessment objective evidence. It evens keep TCAR and the course syllabus in a centralized location as your course portfolio so that you can focus on teaching and worry less about mandates to produce a course portfolio as objective evidence to support your course assessment activities.

Other classroom management features: Other standard features such as class mail, gradebook, attendance sheet, etc. that facilitate day-to-day classroom activities are also included.

 Teacher Course Assessment Report (TCAR):
TCAR is a unique feature of EvalTools®. TCAR allows the instructor to evaluate results at the end of the semester. With TCAR you can review past action items in your course for closure and/or write a brief "reflection." More importantly, TCAR compiles performance vectors for your key assignments. Performance vectors are color-coded to provide a direct visual impression of how well you have delivered each topic in the course (summative assessment). Performance vectors can be reviewed and analyzed during the course to get just-in-time feedback from the class to help improve teaching (formative assessment).