Assessment Workshop recording available

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assessing_learning.jpgThe recording and PPT slides from the Assessment Workshop held on May 13, 2010 is posted on the Information Literacy wiki (https://wiki.lib.umn.edu/AP/InformationLiteracy). Here are some key take-aways:
  • Take situational factors (environment, subject, learners, teacher) into account when selecting an assessment technique
  • What do you want to assess? Major categories are 1.) knowledge, 2.) skills, 3.) values/feelings
  • How are you going to use the data? It is useful to answer this question first.
  • Techniques for assessing knowledge include: background knowledge probe, misconception check, memory matrix, focused listing, muddiest point/minute paper, test questions
  • Techniques for assessing skill include: categorizing grid, defining feature matrix, WWW&H (When, where, why and how use?), concept map, term paper prospectus, self-assessment of skills
  • Techniques for assessing values/feelings: confidence survey, reaction logs
  • You may also want to assess the teaching process. A few techniques are: engagement survey, punctuated lectures, satisfaction surveys, learning analysis
  • Two Resources: Fink, L. Dee. (2003).Creating Significant Learning Experiences. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass and Angelo, T. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

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As a follow-up there is a great issue focusing on Assessment in Communications in Information Literacy, vol 3, issue 2 (2009).
http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php/cil/issue/view/6/showToc

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