Student Learning Assessment Webinar Series

In the move to remote instruction, many instructors have expressed concerns about effectively assessing student learning and determining grades.  The Office of Educational Effectiveness is offering this series of webinars to help faculty consider assessment and grading issues in the online instructional environment.

Authentic Vs Traditional and Direct Vs Indirect Assessment

Recorded Webinar Description:  
Listen to discussion about authentic, traditional, direct and indirect assessment: Authentic assessments active learning with real-world situations, allow appropriate opportunities to rehearse, practice, consult resources, select alternatives, get feedback on and refine performances and products. Traditional assessments, timed written testing, typically objective, driven by course content and promote periodic knowledge and memorization. See examples of and discuss your questions about direct and indirect assessment: Direct and indirect assessments can be traditional or authentic, formative or summative, and embedded into instruction. To help think about what separates the two consider: Does the assessment measure the learning or is it a proxy for learning? Who decides what was learned or how well it was learned?

Learning Outcomes:  
1) identify various authentic, traditional, direct and indirect assessment methods; and
2) recognize authentic, traditional, direct and indirect assessment in the design of their remote instruction.

Effective Assessment with Traditional Objective Testing

Recorded Webinar Description:  
This webinar begins with a short overview of effective assessment with traditional objective testing in a remote instruction environment. Presentation will challenge you to consider how to use technology to provide objective tests using tools available through the University to objectively assess students. Listen to discussion about maintaining academic integrity while administering objective tests.

Learning Outcomes:  
1) define best practices related to objective testing;
2) identify tools and resources related to objective testing in a remote instruction environment; and 
3) understand academic integrity issues related traditional objective testing in a remote environment.

Formative Assessments of Student Learning

Recorded Webinar Description:  
This webinar begins with a short overview of the concepts of formative assessments of student learning. Learn about backwards design and how formative assessment fits into backwards design and helps students and the instructor better understand how students are learning. Examples and practices for remote instruction will be shared. Listen to discussion of participant question and concerns regarding the topic.

Learning Outcomes:  
(1) identify formative assessments of student learning;
(2) apply appropriate formative assessments of student learning with controls; and 
(3) adapt formative assessments to remote instruction environments.

Fundamental Concepts of Learning Outcomes Assessment

Recorded Webinar Description:  
In this session, listeners will examine the process of aligning course-level learning outcomes with instruction and assessment of student learning and achievement.  In addition, listener will explore approaches to the application of formative and summative assessment results to final grading, course review, and program-level assessment.

Learning Outcomes:  
(1) create a high quality course-level learning outcome;
(2) align a course-level learning outcome to instruction and to specific methods for assessing student learning; and
(3) utilize the results of learning assessments for final grading, course review, and program-level assessment.

Registration Closed: Presentation Materials and Webinar Recordings will be posted here.

Higher and Lower Stakes Assessments

Recorded Webinar Description:  
In this webinar, listeners will explore the use of higher- and lower-stakes assessments to assess learning and grade students in a remote environment.

Learning Outcomes:  
(1) articulate the roles of higher- and lower-stakes assessments in measuring student learning; 
(2) identify relevant higher- and lower-stakes assessment methods for a remote learning environment; and
(3) apply a weighted grading process to assign final grades.

Registration Closed: Presentation Materials and Webinar Recordings will be posted here.