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LEARNING ABOUT STEM STUDENT
OUTCOMES (LASSO)

LEARNING ABOUT STEM STUDENT OUTCOMES (LASSO)

The LASSO platform is an online assessment tool that supports STEM instructors and researchers.

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INSTRUCTORS

LASSO supports instructors by measuring their students’ success throughout their course. LASSO does this utilizing research-based assessments (RBAs). LASSO administers, scores, and analyzes RBAs at the beginning and end of an instructor’s course. Instructors then have access to student responses and reports with aggregate results. LASSO is free for instructors.

LASSO PROVIDES THE DATA STEM INSTRUCTORS NEED TO:

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INFORM TEACHING PRACTICES
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IDENTIFY THE CONCEPTS STUDENTS ARE MOST AND LEAST KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT
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IDENTIFY STUDENTS WHO MAY NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
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FORM MORE EFFECTIVE GROUPS
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CROSS – DEPARTMENT AND COLLEGE IMPLEMENTATION

LASSO can also be implemented across and within units, departments, and colleges, enabling institution-wide data and outcomes.

THE LASSO PLATFORM AGGREGATES AND ANONYMIZES THE ASSESSMENT DATA FOR RESEARCHERS WITH IRB APPROVAL TO USE.

Most students who take part in LASSO assessments (83%) agree to share their anonymized data with researchers. Besides providing researchers with information about student performance and demographics, the database also provides course-level information (e.g., goals of the course, how many times the instructor has taught the course before, and the class size).

AS OF THE FALL 2021 TERM, THE LASSO RESEARCH DATABASE HAS DATA FROM:

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While all instructor features on LASSO are free, there are fees to access to the LASSO database. The fees are small enough to not prevent researcher access to the database while providing funds to make the LASSO platform sustainable.

WHAT OUR USERS SAY

"I feel very inspired and empowered to get engaged with SOTL."
Ruth Saunders
Lecture - Cal Poly Humboldt
“It is a great tool to compare students term by term, and to see the growth.”
Martina Bode
Clinical Professor - University of Illinois Chicago
“It’s an easy way to administer research-based assessments across multiple courses and sections for departmental program evaluation. Overall LASSO is really fantastic, and I want to continue using it.”
Trevor Smith
Associate Professor - Rowan University
“I really appreciated the report that was generated.”
Katie Johnson
Associate professor - Florida Gulf Coast University