What makes AEFIS different?
The information about direct assessment and other continuous improvement knowledge is typically used for accreditation, but not necessarily help learning decisions by students and instructional strategies by faculty.
Instructional Decision Support System—IDSS™
AEFIS is the first Instructional Decision Support System™ (IDSS™) designed to support personalized student learning. AEFIS eliminates the disconnect between administrators and faculty by focusing on improved student learning while managing assessment and accreditation documentation as by-products. AEFIS helps improve teaching and learning while facilitating accreditation requirements such as ABET*, AACSB*, NAAB*, Middle States*, SACS* and others. This approach creates benefits to students and faculty from the direct assessment and continuous improvement activities. This is much thanks to our continued collaboration with great colleagues from institutions like University of Wisconsin at Madison, Drexel University, University of Texas at Dallas and others. While widely used in other professions, Decision Support Systems (DSS) have yet to be applied to higher education. Clinical professionals use DSS to make evidence based decisions in medical environments and similar systems are used in the business world as well. Such systems apply real-time data to support professionals’ evidence-based decision making. AEFIS is the first Instructional Decision Support System—IDSS™ for academia. AEFIS presents data to faculty graphically to help instructors recognize class characteristics quickly, with capabilities to drill down to individual student data. The application of this technology results in the continuous improvement of both teaching and learning. As the pioneer IDSS™ in academic assessment software, AEFIS is highly supported by its existing client base and academic partners. AEFIS also strengthens the development of academic programs. Administrators apply real-time assessment data regarding student learning and teaching strategies to develop curricula with the most appropriate course content and scheduling. Research for such processes can take years and multiple faculty members. Under the AEFIS Solution Platform, assessment administrators manage academic programs and curricula using innovative approaches including the mapping of courses, outcomes, and performance criteria at varying levels across the institution. AEFIS works with institutions to enable effective outcomes based assessment by managing inheritance of direct and embedded assessment outcomes throughout program curricula.
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Start with Something Familiar to All: Course Syllabus
The syllabus is a document that is familiar to all academic stakeholders. It is a familiar “social contract” between students, instructors and administrators regarding expectations for a course. AEFIS uses the course syllabus as the mosaic of aggregated information which can be accessed in context to a particular course activity. Using this approach, instructors can reference course evaluation results, input direct assessment data, store documents related to their course and more. Administrative users can monitor syllabus development and make recommendations regarding instructional and curricular methods. All of this organized information creates an active archive that can be exported for accreditation documentation, shared with your learning management system, or displayed on your institution’s public website.