Using diagnostic exams to run semester-long assessment

When: May 3, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Where: Charlotte Frank Classroom (1203 HE)

Presenter(s): Ernesto Garcia, Richard Gustavson, and Rachel Perlin (Quantitative Reasoning Fellows)

Assessment done at the end of each semester makes it difficult to make instructional adjustments or identify students lacking certain prerequisite knowledge.  This Assessment Breakfast will show how the use of diagnostic exams given at the beginning of the semester can improve the way instructors think about assessment by focusing  students’ attention on what they should know coming into the course to allowing instructors to run semester-long assessment projects.  We will discuss designing diagnostics that accurately reflect what is expected to be known and give a preview of what will be learned throughout the semester.  We will then discuss possible steps to take after identifying students lacking prerequisite knowledge or example adjustments that can be made in the classroom from the information gained from the assessment.

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