Assessment as a Tool for Learning

Valencia educators will develop student growth through consistent, timely formative and summative measures, and promote students’ abilities to self-assess. Assessment practices will invite student feedback on the teaching and learning process as well as on student achievement.  

Resources and Courses

  • Resources for Assessment include professional literature, practical examples, and applications in diverse disciplines.
  • Faculty development Courses are designed to expand your expertise in Assessment.  All courses related to Assessment begin with the prefix, ASMT. 

Overview of Assessment

Overview of Assessment - Narrated Presentation

Courses

ASMT 2121 Assessment as a Tool for Learning
Assessment at its best promotes students’ learning; it doesn't just measure it. This seminar explores how to align learning outcomes with learning opportunities to create an effective assessment cycle. Participants will learn how to use formative and summative assessment methods, ensure alignment between learning activities and assessments, promote students’ self-assessment, and use regular, systematic feedback in the learning cycle. NOTE: This course is part of the TLA Core Seminar series and open to all faculty.

LCTS 1110 Teaching in Our Learning College
This scenarios-based course introduces the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator and provides faculty with tools and resources to become more effective, learning-centered instructors. Note: This course is required for the Associate Faculty Certification Program.

Authentic Assessment

 Resources

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ASMT 2228 Authentic Assessment (not currently offered)
In this course, participants will examine assessment methods that require students to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills.


ASMT 3353 Authentic Learning and Online Assessment
Concepts and best practice strategies from current literature about learning-centered online testing and grading are presented. Participants will share strategies and suggestions to design and improve online authentic assessments. Note: This online course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

Classroom Assessment Techniques

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ASMT 2122 Classroom Assessment Techniques
This introductory course examines classroom assessment techniques that promote student learning through consistent, timely, formative measures. Also examined will be assessment practices that invite student feedback on the teaching and learning process, as well as on student achievement. In order to complete the weekly assignments, participants should be teaching a course while enrolled.

Formative Assessment

 Resources

Courses

ASMT 2122 Classroom Assessment Techniques
This introductory course examines classroom assessment techniques that promote student learning through consistent, timely, formative measures. Also examined will be assessment practices that invite student feedback on the teaching and learning process, as well as on student achievement. In order to complete the weekly assignments, participants should be teaching a course while enrolled.

ASMT 3222 Strengthening Teaching and Learning through the Results of Your Student Assessment of Instruction
This course will introduce faculty members to the basics of student assessment of instruction at Valencia College through our online course evaluation system, including ways of increasing student participation.  Advanced topics will also be covered such as the development of customized evaluation questions, the development of formative midterm assessment measures, and strategies for acting on your results in terms of teaching practices and professional portfolio development.

Rubrics

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ASMT 2227 Understanding and Designing Rubrics
In this online, interactive course, participants will learn the elements of rubric construction and examine a variety of models to use in creating their own discipline-specific rubrics.

ASMT 3220 Implementing Rubrics for Program Assessment
This course has been designed as an interactive working session for faculty implementing rubrics for the review of student work across course sections / courses.  Faculty members participating from the same programs will be invited to use their own student work.  The session will cover sampling, inter-rater reliability, norming of review teams, and the consistent application of criteria to student artifacts and assignments for the assessment of program learning outcomes.

Summative Assessment

 Resources

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ASMT 2226 Online Course Summative Assessment
This course is designed to introduce the topic of assessment in online courses to those who are thinking about teaching online or who are in the initial stages of teaching online. It is designed to acquaint participants with best practices in online assessment, concentrating on summative assessment, and to have participants apply what they have learned in an online environment.

ASMT 2229 Assess Higher Order Thinking Through Multiple Choice Questions
In this course, faculty members will enhance their ability to develop, test, and revise multiple choice questions drawing on hands-on activities using examples from Valencia College faculty. Issues of validity including reliability will be included in the conversation.

See also Learning-centered Teaching Strategies

 

Multiple Choice Question Development

Multiple Choice Question Development and Design - Facilitated by Steven Downing

On Friday, October 12, 2012 Dr. Steven Downing visited Valencia to facilitate two faculty trainings on Multiple Choice Question Design. Links to resources from these trainings are available below. 

Please check out the Faculty Development catalog or contact their office for future workshops on multiple choice questions.

Presentation Power Point

Resources:
 Written Tests: Constructed-Response and Selected-Response Formats- Downing
 The Effects of Violating Standard Item Writing Principles on Tests and Students- Downing
 Revised Taxonomy of Multiple Choice Item Writing Guidelines- Downing
 A Review of Multiple-Choice Item-Writing Guidelines Classroom Assessment- Haladyna, et al.
 Constructing Written Test Questions- Case and Swanson
About Steven Downing
 Steven's Biography
 Steven's CV

 

 Rubric for Online Competencies: Criteria for Quality Course Design and Delivery

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ASMT3326 Introduction to the Rubric for Online Competencies

This course will explore the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) which contains quality online design and delivery criteria aligned with the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator, and will prepare the participant to be part of the Course Peer Review Process. Participants will learn to consistently apply the rubric which supports faculty as they develop, redesign, and deliver quality online courses to improve the student learning experience.

* This course is required for Digital Professor Certification, and participants must successfully complete this course prior to taking in ASMT3327: ROC Peer Review Training.

ASMT3327 Course Peer Review Training

This course will introduce peer reviewers and subject matter experts to the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC), the Course Peer Review process, and best practices for providing peer support in online course design and delivery. Faculty members will further develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of accessibility, learning outcomes, and student engagement.

**Participants must successfully complete ASMT3326 and have Digital Professor or Tier 1 Certification prior to enrolling in this course. Participants must successfully complete this course (ASMT3327) prior to performing any course peer reviews and prior to taking ASMT3328: ROC Panel Chair Training.

ASMT3328 Panel Chair Training

This course will assist panel chairs in facilitating the entire Course Peer Review process, including the review panel’s alignment of the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) criteria.  Faculty will practice using review tools, documentation, and communication to their panel members and faculty participating in the course review.  Panel Chairs will further develop their knowledge and skills in providing constructive feedback and recommendations.

Note: Participants must successfully complete ASMT3326, ASMT3327, and have Digital Professor or Tier 1 Certification prior to enrolling in this course.

 

One-to-One Consultations

  • Meet with a member of our Faculty Development Team on your campus.
  • Partner with a colleague to observe different teaching techniques and reflect on your own practice.