What is eLumen?  eLumen is the data management system that Concordia University uses to collect individual faculty evaluations of their students’ achievements of various learning outcomes. This system also allows for the aggregation and sorting of these data points so that they can be used to see bigger picture trends across courses, sections, students, and terms. Data such as this helps decision-makers in departments, curriculum committees, and colleges determine where there are needs for improvements in student learning. eLumen does not “equal” assessment. eLumen is a tool that supports the University’s efforts to organize and aggregate assessment data.

Who can view eLumen data?  Due to privacy rules, only the person assigned as the instructor or “evaluator” for a course section can see individual student scores. Department and program faculty can only view aggregated assessment data in eLumen. Students do not have access to eLumen.

What is eLumen data used for?  By reviewing eLumen assessment data, program faculty can get an overview of how well students are achieving the student learning outcomes set out for them. Program faculty use this information in their discussions about whether any improvements might be needed to improve the quality of students’ learning. This review occurs at least once per year in preparation for the department’s Annual Report.

What is “an assessment”?  Assessments are the activities or assignments that instructors use, typically within a course, to measure the degree to which students have achieved the learning outcomes being addressed in that course. Some of the most common assessments include final papers, discussion boards, presentations, whole or portions of exams, portfolios, capstone projects, etc.