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Thursday, June 18 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
CON06.02 - Designing and implementing meaningful assessments

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Learning effective research, analytical, and written communication skills are crucial to the development of competent graduates across disciplines. Yet the means by which evaluations cultivate or appraise these skills are limitless. Effective assessments vary according to subject, class size, composition, level, and so on, although at their core, pedagogically sound evaluations should align with the learning objectives of any given course or program. To be perceived as worthwhile, however, these arrangements must also be relevant to, and advance, students’ educational and vocational aspirations. Instructors are increasingly compelled to meet two, sometimes competing, obligations in their courses: to provide flexible and responsive learning opportunities for all students while also adhering to specific and measurable learning outcomes. This session will explore approaches instructors can use to improve the impact of their assignments without multiplying their workload or compromising the integrity of their learning outcomes. Drawing on specific examples from our teaching, including the use of individual learning plans and creative projects, we will outline how evaluations can be constructed to maintain rigor and enhance course-related learning. This is a participatory session intended to provide an overview of successful assessment design and implementation strategies. While we will present a couple approaches instructors can use to create meaningful assessments, significant emphasis will be placed on attendees sharing ideas and resources concerning implementation, challenges surrounding the use of specific forms of evaluation, and potential obstacles to effective execution.

Thursday June 18, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Bayshore Salon D

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