A Canvas Based Multi-Program Assessment System for ABET CAC and EAC Accreditations

Wen Li Wang, Mei Huei Tang

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This is an Innovative Practice Full Paper. This paper introduces a multi-program assessment system for a department offering multiple majors to seek accreditation from ABET CAC and EAC. The Canvas LMS is our mandated tool for faculty to set up course rubrics, assign grades, and communicate with students. However, it falls short on solving several of our data issues, including data retrieval, data separation, data sharing, data integration, and data security. The Canvas LMS provides no data download for individual rubric criteria of an instrument, hindering analysis to a more granular level. There is also no information to identify a student's major, making data separation for different academic programs difficult. Faculty are reluctant to share student data on Canvas for integration, worrying about a violation to FERPA. Moreover, data sharing and data integration can increase the risk of data security. Our assessment system is built atop of Canvas and is a service oriented web application for faculty to assess student performance and generate instrument reports. The reports reveal only computed statistics for data sharing, integration and security purposes. The provided web services can interact with another system to distinguish student majors and consolidate instruments whose rubric criteria cover the same performance indicators (PIs). The system is a safe and sound methodology to conquer our data problems and can facilitate both formative and summative analyses for the program outcomes evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117461
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 - Covington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2019Oct 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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