Assessment Deep Dive

Overview

This 5-day working webinar series is designed to help instructors create or redesign a comprehensive assessment plan that supports learning for all students in their course(s). During four of the five interactive sessions we will make use of 3 hours to dive into assessment topics, to work independently, and to incorporate consultation time. During each of the interactive sessions we will focus on a different aspect of assessment design and planning to apply during 45 - 60 minutes of individual work time. 

One of the five work sessions is set aside for 15 minute individual consultations with facilitators to support participant work on a specific course. We will discuss evidence-based effective practices for designing, administering, and grading assessments. We will explore ways to create inclusive, accessible assessments that support academic integrity. Participants will create a plan to support students as they prepare for completing major assessments. On the last day we will have a panel presentation where different faculty members will present their approaches to assessment of student learning and answer questions from participants. 

Other topics we will address include identifying individual assessment beliefs, aligning all assessments with learning aims, exploring technology tools to use for assessments, addressing barriers to student success such as exam anxiety and cognitive overload, and tools and approaches for grading assessments. In the working sessions you can choose to work alone, with other participants, and/or with facilitators. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Ensure that your assessments are measuring student learning 
  • Create assessments that are inclusive, accessible, and evidence-based 
  • Design assessments to promote learning and foster academic integrity

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Topics and Schedule

This series meets from 9am until noon on January 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10. Apply for this series by 4pm on December 19. We will inform applicants of their acceptance on December 20 at 4pm.

Day 1 - Participants will begin developing a comprehensive assessment plan by:

  • Reflecting on their beliefs about assessment in higher education
  • Creating assessments that align with learning aims
  • Incorporating evidence-based guidelines that promote learning for all students

Day 2 - Participants will explore designing inclusive, accessible assessments that promote academic integrity

  • Consider factors that foster assessment integrity
  • Consider technology tools to use for assessments

Day 3 - Participants will create a plan to support student success on their assessments

  • Discuss factors that contribute to students anxiety and cognitive overload
  • Create rubrics and other tools to increase the transparency of assessments

Day 4 - Individual 15 minute consultations with a facilitator

Day 5 - Participants will consider approaches to grading

  • Discuss different grading approaches
  • Hear from current faculty about their assessment practices 

Facilitators

Christina Petersen (pete6647@umn.edu) and Ilene Alexander (alexa032@umn.edu), Center for Educational Innovation

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests and General Questions

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please contact the Center for Educational Innovation (cei@umn.edu) to request accommodations or discuss access needs (e.g. interpreting, captioning, large print, image descriptions, material format, etc.) Whenever possible, please submit requests for real-time captioning, interpreting, and material formatting at least two weeks in advance. Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.

Questions

If you have questions about this program, please contact us at cei@umn.edu.