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Are you looking for ways to write observable and measurable learning outcomes for your course?  Would you like to write new or revise your current goals and learning outcomes?  This hands-on workshop will focus on how to identify and articulate course level goals and learning outcomes that describe what learners should know and be able to do upon completion of the course.

Please bring your current course goals and student learning outcomes.

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish between goals and outcomes
  • Develop learning outcomes that:
    • Reflect the use of action verbs that specify definite, observable behaviors
    • Indicate an appropriate level of attainment
    • Are assessable using one or more indicators
    • Meaningfully define a goal
    • Are realistic and achievable
    • Use simple language

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Dates/times:

  • February 11: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Eventbrite - Developing Goals and Course Learning Outcomes

This workshop is designed to help prepare and implement assessments for large classes (face-to-face, hybrid or fully online).  Although definitions of what constitutes a large class can vary, this workshop will help anyone who needs to develop assessments for a class of 50 or more students, or more simply put, one that is larger than they are accustomed to teaching.  We will cover challenges of assessing large groups of students and appropriate assessment strategies to address those challenges.

By the end of this session, you should be able to

  • Identify some of the key challenges associated with assessing a large class.
  • Consider alternative forms of testing and assessment to compliment traditional multiple-choice tests.

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time:

  • February 13:
    • 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
    • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • February 28: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Eventbrite - Assessing Large Classes

Multiple-choice tests are traditionally used to assess knowledge and recall of facts. However, in this workshop, participants will learn how to design test items that can capture students’ critical thinking skills (e.g., application, analysis, synthesis, etc.) based on sound student learning outcomes.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of multiple-choice tests
  • Identify common error in writing multiple-choice test questions
  • Write multiple-choice test questions that assess higher order thinking

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time:

  • February 12: 2 - 3 p.m
  • March 12: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
  • March 13: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
  • March 26: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Eventbrite - Writing multiple-choice questions to assess higher-order thinking

This workshop is designed to help faculty promote and assess critical thinking in their courses.  A primary objective of the workshop is to define and illustrate critical thinking as an instructional objective from the various perspectives of the disciplines represented by the faculty in attendance.  Participants will review and develop appropriate techniques for promoting critical thinking in their courses.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Articulate what critical thinking means in their respective disciplines.
  • Develop learning outcome(s) that demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Develop learning activities that can both promote and assess critical thinking.

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time:

  • February 5: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • February 6: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • February 7: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • March 24: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. has been cancelled.
  • March 31: 2 - 3 p.m.

Eventbrite - Promoting Critical Thinking in your Classroom

Rubrics are excellent instruments for grading students’ work in a consistent, transparent and timely fashion.  In this hand-on workshop, participants will learn how to use free online rubrics programs to develop or construct rubrics, and apply them to the grading process.  Further, discussions will center on how to use rubrics to provide students with clarity relative to expectations as well as a better understanding of assignment grades. 

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Develop or construct rubrics for evaluating various types of student assignments
  • Find good examples of rubrics to adapt or adopt
  • Determine inter-rater reliability or consistency
  • Presenting results

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Demonstration and Interactive workshop

Date/time/location:

  • February 5: 9 - 11 a.m.
  • February 12: 9 - 11 a.m.
  • February 20: 9 - 11 a.m.
  • February 26: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
  • February 27:
    • 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
    • 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
  • March 4: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
  • March 5:
    • 9 -10 a.m.
    • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Eventbrite - Developing and Using Rubrics to Assess Student Learning

Qualtrics is OU’s institutionally supported surveying software. The program allows users to navigate the entire surveying process, including creating surveys, distributing surveys, collecting data, generating reports, and exporting data for further analysis.  Participants will learn the Qualtrics interface, question types, survey options for developing and deploying professional online surveys, and how to obtain customized results using the program.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the principles of creating effective online surveys
  • Create and distribute an online survey using Qualtrics
  • Identify and evaluate Qualtrics survey options
  • Operate data collection, result attainment, and data export with Qualtrics

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time:

  • February 6: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • February 14: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • February 20: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • March 14: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Eventbrite - Conducting Classroom Surveys with Qualtrics

Are you looking for interesting and informal assessment strategies to enhance student learning in your course(s)?  Are you interested in finding out how you can make adjustments to your instructional approaches based on valuable feedback from your students?  This session explores a variety of simple, effective, and low-stakes formative assessment techniques that not only provide information about students’ knowledge and skills at a given point in time, but also gives timely feedback that instructors can use to make instructional adjustments.

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Select appropriate assessment techniques to apply in their courses.
  • Utilize feedback from students to make adjustments in their instructional methods
  • Determine which concepts need to be re-taught to specific students

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time:

  • February 19:
    • 9:00-10:30 a.m.
    • 11 - 12 a.m.
  • February 21: 2 - 4 p.m
  • February 28: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m
  • March 7: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m
  • March 26: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • March 28: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Eventbrite - Using Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to Evaluate Student Learning

This workshop presents various direct assessment methods appropriate for addressing specific learning outcomes.  Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and develop techniques for implementing direct assessments, as well as determine when to use specific assessment method to address a learning outcome or outcomes.  Differences between direct and indirect assessment methods will be explored.

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish between direct and indirect assessment measures
  • Importance of using direct measures to assess learning outcomes
  • How indirect measures such as surveys, which seek students perceptions, can be used to augment results of direct measures

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time

  • February 26: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
  • March 13: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Eventbrite - Direct Assessment of Student Learning

Although student ratings of instruction (commonly referred to as course evaluations) are normally viewed as a summative strategy for evaluating a course and an instructor, they can also be quite beneficial in terms of enhancing teaching and learning.  This workshop focuses on tips to help you extract specific information/feedback from your evaluations that you can use to enhance your teaching while at the same time, improving student learning.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Interpret results of your course evaluation(s).
  • Identify critical points that can be useful for enhancing your teaching as well as strategies to help you make changes that will help your students to learn more effectively or efficiently.

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time:

  • April 3: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Eventbrite - Using Results of Course Evaluations to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Effective program assessment often depend on the nature and quality of assessments conducted in required courses and/or program-specific educational experiences, as well as the extent to which those assessments directly address program learning outcomes.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to better utilize assignments and exams already existing in required courses to effectively assess program-level outcomes.

By the end of this session, workshop participants should be able to:

  • Systematically align course level goals and outcomes with program level learning outcomes.
  • Create a matrix indicating how students’ achievement in assignments and examinations address various program level learning outcomes.

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time:

  • March 25:
    • 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
    • 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
  • March 27: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Eventbrite - Using Course Assignments/Exams for Program Assessment

Would you like to find out if, and how well items in your multiple-choice tests effectively measure student learning in your course?  This workshop will explore how item analysis can be used to evaluate the quality of your multiple-choice test items. Further, faculty will learn how to determine the quality of each item as well as find out which test items better match and address learning outcomes, and those that don’t.

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Interpret item analysis results.
  • Differentiate between well-performing and poor-performing items.
  • Make decisions about poor-performing items.

Who should attend: Faculty & GTA’s

Format: Interactive workshop

Date/time/location:

  • April 1: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Eventbrite - Using Item Analysis to Determine the Quality of Your Multiple-Choice Test

If you are unable to attend a particular workshop, please contact Felix Wao at wao@ou.edu to make arrangements for individual consultations. Also, please note that we welcome special requests to facilitate assessment workshops for groups at program and department levels.