Aqua by Taskstream
A simpler path.
Trusted by AAC&U and SHEEO for multi-state, faculty-driven assessment of student learning, Aqua offers a simpler path to scalable and sustainable direct assessment for all institutions.
How easy can we make this?
Engaging a community in outcomes assessment is incredibly challenging. Aqua is our response to the complexities of assessment, campus-by-campus, program-by-program, and course-by-course. Based on research and years of first-hand experience supporting assessment at all levels, we built Aqua from the ground up, using the latest technologies and principles of user-centered design. And it started with one very hard question: How easy can we make this?
Get to learning outcomes data more easily.
With discrete outcomes data from faculty-scored student work available in real-time, it’s easier to focus on student learning and engage in conversations about improvement. Simply start with the outcome, collect the evidence, score the work, and view the results.
More direct assessment, less burden on faculty and students.
It’s easier to get started when you don’t need everyone to use a new system. Aqua lets you assemble student work products for scoring through a variety of collection methods, including bulk upload by a coordinator, manual upload by an instructor, or student submission through the LMS. You decide what’s right for your community.
You control the workflow.
Aqua doesn’t assume – or require – that course instructors will be the ones to score student work. Aqua makes it easier to distribute student work to calibrated evaluators, with or without student anonymity.
Easier to focus on the task at hand.
Smart, simple, and engaging interfaces help you focus on what you need to do. Aqua presents faculty with a simple queue of student work to score, a clean view of the work and a deconstructed rubric view for easy scoring. Could it be any easier?
Advancing student learning outcomes assessment with AAC&U and SHEEO
In 2014, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), and nine states selected Taskstream to be the technical partner for the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC).
The MSC seeks to create a scalable way to assess essential knowledge and skills based on student coursework, rather than standardized tests or surveys.
Project participants were among the first to use Aqua by Taskstream, which acted as a central repository for the student work samples and offered a streamlined scoring experience for faculty trained to score the work using the AAC&U VALUE rubrics.
Just about everybody weighed in with something great to say about the technology and its ease-of-use. In fact, in a post-study survey, 97% of faculty scorers who responded shared positive feedback about their scoring experience.
Building on the pilot’s success, the MSC expanded to include 12 states and over a hundred institutions in 2016. Taskstream is proud to continue to serve as a partner in this groundbreaking work to establish a new model for cross-institutional learning assessment.
Visit our blog post, Seeing The Forest and the Trees: Assessing Learning Outcomes Across Institutions, to view the full infographic, or click below to download a flyer that provides an overview of Taskstream’s partnership with the MSC.
"Taskstream took any concerns about technology out of the scoring experience!"
"I was pleased with the ease of using and dependability of Taskstream.”
"Taskstream has been a fantastic partner in helping us realize our vision for the Pilot Study work. They were always receptive to our requests on what we needed for the MSC platform, responsive to our feedback, and patient at times when the MSC participants didn't always agree or know what we needed or wanted. At the end of the day, the application Taskstream created is intuitive, dynamic, and user friendly. We also appreciate that what Taskstream has designed will grow with the MSC as we expand and scale our work to include many more states and institutions. Our partnership with Taskstream is one we plan to continue for many years to come."
Julie Carnahan, Vice President of SHEEO and Project Director of the MSC
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