Breakout session B:
The design and application of assessment instruments enhance student learning

Breakout session B
The design and application of assessment instruments enhance student learning

Saturday, November 8, 2003
11:15am - 12:30 pm

Presenter:
William F. Collins, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Director of Undergraduate Biology, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior- SUNY Stony Brook

Objectives:

  1. Understand the difference between assessment and evaluation.
  2. Understand the different types of assessment that can be used to enhance student learning.
  3. Explore the development and application of assessment instruments to improve the effectiveness of assessment.

Outcomes:

  1. Each participant will be able to list 4 type of assessment and give examples of how each is used to improve student learning.
  2. Each participant will develop as assessment instrument (e.g., rubric) to be used with their students at their home institution.
  3. Each participant will develop a strategy to utilize assessment at their home institution.

Abstract:

It is widely acknowledged that assessment is an effective method to improve academic programs and student learning. However, successful implementation of an assessment system depends on the availability and expert use of quality assessment instruments. The proposed workshop will focus on the development and application of assessment instruments through activities in which participants develop assessment instruments that can be used at their home institutions. Participants will identify different types of assessment instruments, design an assessment instrument, and develop a strategy for using the instrument. Participants will gain practical knowledge about applying assessment to enhance student learning in their classrooms and academic programs.