Measurement and Assessment 18-EDST-721-707 (Online) 3 Graduate Credits Summer First Term, 2009 Instructor Information Instructor: Dr. Wei Pan Program: Educational StudiesOffice: 7150G Edwards Center One Phone: 556-2610Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Virtual office hours: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday; or by appointment Course Information Course Description: Fundamentals of designing, developing, and evaluating data collection tools for research instrumentation and large-scale assessment. Course content: This course introduces the basic principles and practices of measurement, testing, assessment, and evaluation for making decisions in the fields of psychology and education as well as medicine, business, and communication. The major topics are reliability, validity, ethics, test development, and test evaluation. This course does not have prerequisites, although basic knowledge of statistics (e.g., EDST710) would be helpful. We will discuss some basic statistical concepts in the class when necessary. Instruction Mode: This is an online class that will be delivered via the electronic Blackboard, so instead of attending classroom lectures, you are required to read the textbook carefully by yourself, following the schedule and guidelines in the syllabus. You will be provided on the Blackboard some lecture notes on each of the topics/chapters to help you further understand the course content. You can ask questions via email and you will get instant responses during the virtual office hours (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday). If the fixed office hours do not work for you, you are welcome to make an appointment to meet online via email or phone call. Class Period: June 22 – July 15, 2009 Textbooks Required: Thorndike, R. M., & Thorndike-Christ, T. (2010). Measurement and evaluation in psychology and education (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education. [ISBN: 0132403978] Course Objectives By the end of the course, the students will be able to:
Understand the important role of measurement and assessment in decision making;
Understand important measurement and assessment concepts such as reliability and validity;
Identify and locate published instruments for specific decision making;
Evaluate existing instruments with respect to reliability and validity evidence;
Apply general principles and detailed techniques of developing an instrument suitable for decision making;
Be comfortable with statistical procedures and software for implementing measurement and assessment techniques.