Workshops/Formative Assessment Tools

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Friday Faculty Forum: January 21, 2011

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Find out how you can formatively assess student learning synchronously during a traditional, online, or an ITV course. During the interactive session, participants will explore implementation options as well as learn how to create the assessment tool and manage the data.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand formative assessment and the role of feedback
  • Explore examples of technology utilized to facilitate formative assessment
  • Apply learning to individual course
  • Create a plan for implementation of a formative assessment

Session Agenda

Elicit Prior Knowledge

(Demonstrating use of Chats)


11:15 - 11:35

P - M - I Assessment

(Demonstrating Use of Adobe Break-Out Rooms)

  • P = Pluses/Benefits of formative assessment: What has been successful and how do you know?
  • M = Minues/Challenges associated with formative assessment
  • I = Interesting/Vision for formative assessment

What is Formative Assessment?

11:35 - 11:45

Formative Assessment Prezi

  • Teachers: check for understanding to inform instruction
  • Students: self-assess understanding in relation to the goal/learning objective
  • Feedback is essential and to be effective it must be constructive,guiding,and timely

Formative Assessment in Practice

11:45 - 12:00

  • Bruno Borsari (Biology) uses clickers in introductory biology classes to support case studies
  • Bruce Svingen (Chemistry) uses Poll Everywhere to gather feedback from students in class on complex concepts
  • Robin O'Callaghan (Mass Communication) uses Twitter in class to focus and archive discussion

Application using Technology

12:00 - 12:45

Before: Elicit prior knowledge

(Demonstrating Qualtrics Polls)

  • Using Surveys or Polls (Qualtrics and Connect)
  • D2L – Discussion Board
During: Teaching Transfer of Knowledge
After: Self-Assess

(Demonstrating Use of Clickers for Prior Knowledge and Checking for Understanding)

  • Demonstrate Clickers
  • Discuss Checklists (D2L)
  • Discuss Rubrics (Rubrics and Quizzes in D2L)
  • Explore Online Discussions (D2L, Chat, Blog, Forum, Social Network)
  • Explore Softchalk

Self-Assess and Transfer Learning

12:45 - 1:00

5 Minutes of Metacognition

  • 2 minutes: Summarize
  • 1 minute: Share
  • 2 minutes: Document

Related Links

Technology Tools

Formative Assessment in Action

Providing Feedback