Monthly Archives: August 2012

Selected Response (Bloom)


Assessing Critical Thinking Using Selected Response Items Sorry for missing my self-imposed deadline yesterday! I was moving my youngest daughter down to Kendall College of Art and Design and it took much more time and effort than I expected. It … Continue reading

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Selected Response (construction)


Constructing Useful Selected Response Items Today, I would like to briefly introduce some practices that I use to improve the item quality on my multiple-choice assessments. Regardless of format that we use, we must remain mindful of reliability and validity … Continue reading

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Selected Response


Selected Response Assessments Over the next few weeks, I plan to spend some time covering the basics of the different sorts of assessment tools that are available for our courses. Each of these techniques have their own unique strengths and … Continue reading

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Poll 1


How do you assess student learning in your courses? I’m sort of curious; what types of assignments do y’all use in your courses to assess student learning? I plan to discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches … Continue reading

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Leveling


What level(s) are you assessing at? Appropriate leveling is an important consideration when developing learning outcomes and assessment strategies for our courses. I think that we probably all agree that a senior-level capstone biology course ought to require a different … Continue reading

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Pretest / Posttest Analysis


Pre-test / Post-test Evaluation of Learning One common strategy to measure (assess) student learning in a course is to administer a pre-test / post-test assignment. At or near the beginning of instruction, a pretest is given to the class to … Continue reading

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Mapping Outcomes


Mapping Course Outcomes Yesterday, I wrote a bit about mapping course assessments to specific outcomes. Now I would like to show you a couple of ways that I try to do this in my own classes. I’ll tell you right … Continue reading

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