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Workshop given by Gail Matthews-DeNatale to the faculty of Emmanuel College in 2010

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  • Assessing Student Learning
    Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D.Emmanuel College
  • Purposes
    Evaluating or assessing student learning
    Where they’re excelling/struggling
    How the students did
    Evaluating or assessing the course/teaching
    What seemed to work or fall flat
    How the teacher did
  • Assessment vs. Evaluation
    Evaluation (summative)
    Determines the worth, assigns a grade, sums things up
    Assessment (formative)
    Asks the question “What would make the learning better?” … forms learning
  • Types of Assessment
    Traditional
    Quizzes and tests
    Term papers, performance projects
    Less traditional
    Discussion of open-ended questions
    Self-reflection, self-assessment
    CATs [Classroom Assessment Techniques]
    Rubrics
    ePortfolios
  • CATs
    What are they?
    Short exercises, focus on formative, easy to implement, designed for frequent use
    Why are they valuable?
    Helps you see what students are thinking … what needs more attention … where they’re “in the zone”… serendipitous opportunities
    Angelo and Cross, Classroom Assessment Techniques,1993
  • Tips
    Give students low-stakes credit for completion
    Share a summary of responses in class or post a summary online in Blackboard Vista
  • CAT example
    What has been the “muddiest” point so far in this presentation?
    Learn more about CATs and see examples athttp://www.cmu.edu/teaching/assessment/assesslearning/CATs.htmlhttp://www.ntlf.com/html/lib/bib/assess.htm
  • Questions for You to Consider
    What’s your overarching plan for assessment in your course?
    Are you assessing the things that matter most?
    How might you strike a balance between formative and summative?
    What role, if any, will students play in assessing their own work/progress?