Assessment101

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Assessment101

  1. 1. Assessment 101 April 2012
  2. 2. Your PresentersAmy Harris Houk, Information LiteracyProgram Coordinator and ReferenceLibrarianLauren Wallis, LIS graduate student (andsoon-to-be librarian)
  3. 3. A Quick Review of AssessmentTwo main types: formative and summative• Formative: formal or informal ongoing assessments used to improve teaching and student learning• Summative: formal assessment used to determine program effectiveness and/or student learning
  4. 4. Assessment v. EvaluationAssessment: formative, process oriented, measured individuallyEvaluation: summative, product oriented, comparative
  5. 5. Characteristics of Classroom AssessmentLearner-CenteredTeacher-DirectedMutually BeneficialFormativeContext-SpecificOngoingRooted in Good Teaching Practice(Angelo & Cross, 1993)
  6. 6. Student Learning Outcomes• Should be measurable• Use action verbs (such as Blooms taxonomy)• 2-3 SLOs per class session is a good number• University Libraries SLOs are here: http://library.uncg.edu/info/help/Informatio n_Literacy_learning_outcomes.pdf
  7. 7. Tips for Creating Good Assessments• Good learning outcomes is key• Keep it simple• Use a combination of multiple-choice and open-ended questions• Use assessment as an opportunity to start classroom discussion
  8. 8. Questions or comments so far?Now, on to the tools!
  9. 9. ClickersAdvantages Disadvantages • Useful for just-in-time • Cost assessment • "clicker fatigue" • Easy to discuss results in class • Lots of research available on impact on student learning
  10. 10. For more information about using ClickersDerek Bruff has done extensive research into the use of clickersHis blog: http://derekbruff.org/?cat=122CRS bibliography:http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/docs/classroom-response-system-clickers-bibliography/Chronicle article:http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines/2012/04/10/peer-discussion-or-peer-pressure/
  11. 11. Google FormsAdvantages Disadvantages• Available for free • Difficult to see results through Google instantly• Variety of question • Easy to get carried types away• Can be embedded anywhere• Results are fed into a Google Spreadsheet
  12. 12. Poll EverywhereAdvantages Disadvantages• Allows quick polls • Free account has without a clicker some limitations• Can use with • Less useful in computer or phone traditional• Works with multiple classrooms choice or short answer questions• Instant results
  13. 13. Lets Try One!
  14. 14. BlackboardAdvantages Disadvantages• Survey function • Must be course allows for instructor or added assessment separate by course instructor from grades • No instant feedback• Students go there anyway• Can be created, exported and reused
  15. 15. Creating a Survey in BB• Open a class for which you are Instructor, TA, or Course Builder• Click on "Quizzes" (left navigational bar)• Hover over "Create Assessment"• Click on "Survey"• Click "Create New Survey"
  16. 16. Questions? Suggestions for Other Helpful Tools?

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