WHAT DO YOU WANT THEM TO LEARN TODAY? LEARNING GOALS AND FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

Kathy Perkins, Associate Director, Science Education Initiative

Stephanie Chasteen, Science Teaching Fellow, Physics


Students don’t always learn what it is that we intend to teach them. In several science departments, faculty are addressing this gap by collaboratively deciding on just what it is that they want students to take away from a particular course or lecture. These learning goals have been valuable as a communication tool among faculty and between faculty and students so that everybody knows what the outcomes of the course are meant to be. Once these goals are written, it’s also much easier to write exams and other assessments. But writing clear learning goals takes some practice. In this interactive workshop, you’ll get that practice – in defining goals and designing assessments that address those goals. You will work in groups with faculty from similar disciplines to generate and analyze goals and questions, and will discuss how to put ongoing assessment of your students into practice. You are encouraged to work on a class you are currently teaching, so you can apply the techniques immediately.

The FTEP Symposia are designed and provided for our instructional faculty members. Participation in FTEP Workshops and Symposias is open to Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Instructors, Senior Instructors and Scholars-in-Residence, as per your official HR Job Class. If you plan to participate in a symposium conducted by a presenter whose college is different from your own, please be prepared to adapt the recommended teaching tools to the needs of your own discipline.

 

Tuesday August 13, 2013, 2:30-4:30 pm

 

This event will be held in ATLAS 200

 

To register, please contact: Stephanie.Chasteen@Colorado.edu

This is part of a workshop series aimed at helping instructors consider new teaching approaches for the Fall. See the other workshops on clickers and learning goals at http://www.colorado.edu/ftep/events/schedule.html.

 

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