Posts Tagged ‘types of educational assessments’
“We ought to be up to the task of figuring out what it is that our students know by the end of four years at college that they did not know at the beginning.” That’s how Stanley Katz begins a well-written essay that explores the assessment movement in higher education.
January 27 - Developing Student Self Assessment Skills
Our interest in more learner-centered instruction has changed the way many of us think about teaching as well as what we do in the classroom. We are devoting more energy to getting students involved during class. We are trying to give them more opportunities to practice those learning skills that expedite learning. We let them summarize the content; rather than doing it for them. We try to have them ask more questions than we do. We design activities which encourage them to learn from and with each other.
From local and external standards to norm-referenced and value-added benchmarks, to name just a few, there is no shortage of educational assessment options to use. The question everyone wants answered, however, is ‘Which one is the best?’
We have long moved past the question of whether or even how to assess. Now the issue is how to analyze and apply the data. This seminar will provide concrete ideas and proven strategies for creating a healthy, collaborative, and respectful culture of assessment, success, and constant improvement on your campus.
The intermediate statistics class I took quite a number of years ago had two types of learners at the outset—those who were worried about passing the course and those who were sure they couldn’t pass it. The professor clearly understood the “fear-of-stats” phenomenon and used a number of instructional techniques to help learners gain confidence and skills.
Just as simply weighing a pig will not make it fatter, spending millions to simply test college students is not likely to help them learn more. So what then are the best ways to measure our students’ growth and learning over time?