Assessment 101By Amy Harris and Jenny Dale,UNCG LibrariesSpring 2013
Your PresentersAmy Harris Houk, Information Literacy ProgramCoordinator and Reference LibrarianJenny Dale, Coordinator of First-Year ProgramsUNC Greensboro University Libraries
A Quick Review of AssessmentTwo main types: formative and summative• Formative: formal or informal ongoingassessments used to improve teaching andstudent learning• Summative: formal assessment used todetermine program effectiveness and/orstudent learning
What types of assessment do you doin your work?A. FormativeB. SummativeC. BothD. Neither
Assessment v. EvaluationAssessment: formative, process oriented,measured individuallyEvaluation: summative, product oriented,comparative
Characteristics of ClassroomAssessmentLearner-CenteredTeacher-DirectedMutually BeneficialFormativeContext-SpecificOngoingRooted in Good Teaching Practice(Angelo & Cross, 1993)
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/Information_Literacy_learning_outcomes.pdf
Which of the following would be theLEAST measurable SLO?A. The student will be able to identify thecharacteristics of a scholarly article.B. The student will be able to evaluate awebsite for accuracy, authority, bias, andcurrency.C. The student will understand the importanceof research.D. The student will cite a magazine article usingAPA style.
Tips for Creating GoodAssessments• Good learning outcomes is key• Keep it simple• Use a combination of multiple-choice andopen-ended questions• Use assessment as an opportunity to startclassroom discussion
Questions or comments so far?Now, on to the tools!
What tools do you use forassessment?A. ClickersB. Polling softwareC. Learning management systemD. PaperE. Other
ClickersAdvantages• Useful for just-in-timeassessment• Easy to discuss resultsin class• Lots of researchavailable on impact onstudent learningDisadvantages• Cost• "clicker fatigue"
For more information about usingClickers• Derek Bruff has done extensive research into theuse of clickers: http://derekbruff.org/?cat=122• CRS 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/
Google FormsAdvantages• Available for freethrough Google• Variety of questiontypes• Can be embeddedanywhere• Results are fed into aGoogle SpreadsheetDisadvantages• Difficult to see resultsinstantly• Easy to get carriedaway
Poll EverywhereAdvantages• Allows quick pollswithout a clicker• Can use with computeror phone• Works with multiplechoice or short answerquestions• Instant resultsDisadvantages• Free account has somelimitations• Less useful intraditional classrooms
Blackboard/Other LMSAdvantages• Survey function allowsfor assessmentseparate from grades• Students go thereanyway• Can be created,exported and reusedDisadvantages• Must be courseinstructor or added bycourse instructor• No instant feedback
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"
Creating a survey in Moodle• Survey module– Very specific types of surveys available• Use the Feedback module OR theQuestionnaire module to create customsurveys– http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Survey_FAQ– A core module combining all three of thesemodules is planned for future releases
No tech options• One-minute paper / Muddiest point• Exit ticket• Paper survey• Worksheet• Fist to five• Voting cards
Questions? Suggestions for OtherHelpful Tools?