A Faculty Workshop on Student Assessment

By Iris Totten, Sheryl Hodge, Kirsten Nicolaysen and Mary Hubbard.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A faculty workshop was conducted that showcased assessment activities that could be incorporated into undergraduate and graduate geology courses. Fourteen different types of student assessment were presented. Workshop participants were asked to respond to questions about their familiarity and use of each type before and immediately following the workshop. In addition, they were asked to indicate how likely they would be to incorporate each type of assessment in their student grading practices in the future. Results suggest relatively high familiarity and use of the more traditional types of assessments (e.g., instructor- and commercially-produced pencil and paper exams, group projects, and presentations); however, most of the workshop participants indicated that they had no experience in using some of the more non-traditional types of assessments (e.g., performance/skills tests, community-based projects, and portfolios). Nonetheless, after attending the workshop, participants revealed a moderate intent to utilize these non-traditional means in their future classroom assessment practices, whereas faculty members who did not attend the workshop were more likely to incorporate commercially produced exam materials in their assessment of student learning.

Keywords: Faculty Workshop, Traditional Assessment, Non-traditional Assessments

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp.65-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.370MB).

Dr. Iris Totten

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

Dr. Iris Totten teaches service courses, an upper level undergraduate course in Origins, and a graduate course in geoscience education at Kansas State University. She coordinates the introductory geology labs and works with graduate teaching assistants to incorporate technology and creative inquiry-based activities into the labs. Her science education research focuses on developing innovative teaching tools such as artificial rock outcrops, looking at cognition development between the novice and expert learner in the geosciences and understanding student alternative conceptions. She works with K-12 Earth Science Teacher enhancement programs and offers professional workshops for in-service teachers in the summers. Dr. Totten is currently working with UMKC on an exciting new project funded by the Ewing-Marion Kauffman Foundation where virtual Geoworlds are created in the program Second Life.

Sheryl Hodge

Professional Evaluator, Office of Education, Innovation, and Evaluation, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

Kirsten Nicolaysen

Assistant Professor, Geology Department, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, USA

Mary Hubbard

Dean, College of Science, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA


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