Learning outcomes assessment is an effective academic quality assurance tool that enables educators to review and enhance the alignment between planned, delivered, and experienced curricula. Accurately assessing what students know and are able to do after completing a learning module is the first step to decide on the strategies to implement and the proper actions to take in order to ensure the continuous improvement of the student learning experience. Nonetheless, learning outcomes assessment processes in higher education are still facing major challenges that affect their proper and effective implementation. Hence, faculty do not usually experience noticeable improvement in the students’ performance over several assessment cycles, which causes their frustration and reluctance to continue participating in the assessment process. This paper discusses the main issues that affect the implementation of the assessment process and prevent the closure of the assessment loop. It also introduces a unified assessment process and an online management system that have been developed recently to address the discussed issues. The online management system streamlines the assessment process, while providing administrators and quality assurance officers with valuable infographics and reports to effectively oversee the implementation of the assessment process. The system has been deployed at the United Arab Emirates University since fall 2018, and has been successfully used by faculty to assess the learning outcomes for more than 1000 courses each semester. Moreover, collected statistics showed that the online features provided by the system allowed faculty to continue their assessment tasks seamlessly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11325-11353
Number of pages29
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Academic quality assurance
  • Assessment
  • Continuous improvement
  • Governance
  • Learning outcomes
  • Web-based applications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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