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Teaching Tools For Real Life Skills: Information Literacy For The Workplace, Alessia Zanin-Yost, Betsy Clementson Sep 2012

Teaching Tools For Real Life Skills: Information Literacy For The Workplace, Alessia Zanin-Yost, Betsy Clementson

Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

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Assessing A Young Writer’S Story, Julie Patterson Sep 2012

Assessing A Young Writer’S Story, Julie Patterson

Articles

Now that's a story! Find out what this 1st grader is doing well and what our writer-in-residence would teach next.


Framework For Formative Assessment Learning Strategies In Built Environment Higher Education Programmes, Lloyd Scott, Christopher Fortune Sep 2012

Framework For Formative Assessment Learning Strategies In Built Environment Higher Education Programmes, Lloyd Scott, Christopher Fortune

Conference papers

Formative assessment has begun to be recognized as a driving force for enhancing student learning. This paper addresses the context of Built Environment (BE) undergraduate programmes and the findings from a research project in the context of the changing Higher Education (HE) environment. The analysis of the literature on formative assessment shows that there is a common concern among the educational researchers about the function and position of assessment in HE today. The overall aim of this research is to contribute to an improvement in the quality of student learning in BE undergraduate education through the development of a theoretical ...


Standards-Based Assessment And High Stakes Testing: Accuracy Of Standards-Based Grading, Amity Hardegree Sep 2012

Standards-Based Assessment And High Stakes Testing: Accuracy Of Standards-Based Grading, Amity Hardegree

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This quantitative study examines whether standards-based grade reporting accurately informs student academic achievement on standardized criterion-referenced tests for all students. The participants for this study were all fifth graders enrolled in eight elementary schools in a rural system in north Georgia from 2009-2010. Approximately 550 students' standards-based report cards (SBRC) and Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) provide the data to determine whether grades on standards-based report cards provide accurate information for all students, regardless of gender, ELL status, or socioeconomic status by comparing mean scores on Georgia's CRCT in the areas of math and reading, based on SBRC indicators ...


The Gaise College Report: The American Statistical Association Meets Sound Pedagogy In Central Virginia, Beverly Wood Aug 2012

The Gaise College Report: The American Statistical Association Meets Sound Pedagogy In Central Virginia, Beverly Wood

Publications

Research in undergraduate statistics education often centers on the introductory course required for a large percentage of college students. While acknowledging the diverse setting, audience, and purpose of introductory courses, existing research assumes that courses offered by different disciplines share the same goals and teaching practices. The purpose of this study is to examine the objectives for student outcomes and pedagogical delivery of introductory statistics courses in various academic departments to provide explicit evidence for this assumption. The American Statistical Association’s Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) are meant to apply to all introductory courses. The ...


The Effect Of Differentiated Instruction On Standardized Assessment Performance Of Students In The Middle School Mathematics Classroom, Kimberly Gail Williams Jul 2012

The Effect Of Differentiated Instruction On Standardized Assessment Performance Of Students In The Middle School Mathematics Classroom, Kimberly Gail Williams

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Changing demographics, student diversity, and increased accountability have compelled educators to challenge the uniform constraints of traditional instruction and create an environment focused on individual achievement. Differentiated instruction empowers teachers to target multiple learning styles through varied themes, adapted content delivery, and assessment options. This quantitative quasi-experimental research study examined the effects of differentiated instruction on seventh grade student performance on standardized mathematics assessments using a repeated-measures design. Two independent research trials, controlling for initial group differences with 2011 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores, provided inconclusive assessment results. Significant differences between students who received differentiated instruction compared ...


The Effect Of The Private Classroom Blog On The Acquisition Of Formal Writing Proficiency With Spanish Iii High School Students, Olga Glymph Jun 2012

The Effect Of The Private Classroom Blog On The Acquisition Of Formal Writing Proficiency With Spanish Iii High School Students, Olga Glymph

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This study examined the impact of a private classroom blog implemented as an instructional technology on student writing proficiency in a world language with the focus on formal writing. The nonequivalent control-group, pre-posttest design was used to determine if the use of the private classroom blog in teaching world language formal writing affected student writing proficiency with the specific focus on task completion, comprehensibility, level of discourse, vocabulary, and language control. This research study used a convenience sample of sophomore, junior, and senior students in a Georgia public high school. Independent raters evaluated students' writings using the Fairfax County Public ...


Strategies To Assess Large Classes, Carol Kominski May 2012

Strategies To Assess Large Classes, Carol Kominski

Test Item Writing

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Bridging The Gap Through Collaboration:, Rebecca Arliss, Carlos Arguelles, Rodolfo Hernandez May 2012

Bridging The Gap Through Collaboration:, Rebecca Arliss, Carlos Arguelles, Rodolfo Hernandez

Publications and Research

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To Springshare (And Beyond) Integration, Michelle Jacobs-Lustig Apr 2012

To Springshare (And Beyond) Integration, Michelle Jacobs-Lustig

Michelle Jacobs-Lustig

Pepperdine University has given many of its services a virtual facelift. Gone are the paper stats sheets and study room sign-up clip boards - in are the mobile room scheduling apps and easy to use online stats forms. Gone is the back and forth emailing with students for one-on-one session - in is the one-click session scheduler. For the users this new easy to use transformation has been “magical.” For the staff, things are going smoothly and time can be managed more effectively. However could this all be possible in a time when library budgets are shrinking rather than growing? Springshare! Since ...


The Mathematics Portfolio: An Alternative Tool To Evaluate Students’ Progress, Marla A. Sole Apr 2012

The Mathematics Portfolio: An Alternative Tool To Evaluate Students’ Progress, Marla A. Sole

Publications and Research

This article describes the need for more thorough and varied forms of assessment to evaluate students’ level of understanding in mathematics. Portfolios are one type of assessment tool that, when added to a teacher’s repertoire can improve students’ comprehension and retention and enable students to monitor their own progress and to take more responsibility for their own learning. Portfolio assignments can also help students and teachers to detect and remedy weaknesses and misunderstandings and can increase students’ self-confidence in mathematics. This article discusses what a portfolio is, gives an example of a unit portfolio used in an undergraduate Finite ...


Online Tools For Engaging Undergraduate Business Students, Wallace Lockhart Mar 2012

Online Tools For Engaging Undergraduate Business Students, Wallace Lockhart

SoTL Commons Conference

Description: As we move toward online course management and blended learning, are we keeping up with student expectations? The 2010 ECAR survey raises concerns. The Study : A single platform (moodle) is used for class co-ordination. Students were exposed to a blend of traditional and online tools for engagement and assessment. Paper was eliminated. The study covered ten courses over two years. Surveys asked perceived difficulty and benefits of online vs traditional tools, and what is most important to student's overall learning experience. Results : Student response to online tools was initially luke-warm, but improved over time as we learned to ...


Critical Inquiry In The Classroom: Creating Opportunities For Deeper Learning And Application, Andy Dyer, Stephanie Foote Mar 2012

Critical Inquiry In The Classroom: Creating Opportunities For Deeper Learning And Application, Andy Dyer, Stephanie Foote

SoTL Commons Conference

The first year of college is a critical time in the cognitive development of students, a time when students experience measurable gains in learning (Reason, Terenzini, & Domingo, 2006). Through the implementation of a 1-credit hour required Critical Inquiry (CI) course, faculty at one institution are encouraging this development by engaging first semester first-year students in deeper learning that applies critical inquiry knowledge and skills. In this session, the presenters will draw from collective experiences developing and implementing the CI course, and related faculty development to: a) communicate strategies that have been used to get students engaged in the critical inquiry process; b) share examples of student work on activities and assignments that encourage deeper thinking and learning; c) explain the methods used to evaluate critical thinking and inquiry skills through student learning outcomes measurement and a common CI Portfolio; d) present findings related to the authentic portfolio assessment; and e) facilitate a discussion with the audience about how they can adapt activities and assignments in their courses to promote deeper learning.


Collaborative Assessment: Measuring Effects Of Community-Based Participatory Research On Student Learning, Caroline Nielsen, David Dunbar, Christina Medved, Susan Gill Mar 2012

Collaborative Assessment: Measuring Effects Of Community-Based Participatory Research On Student Learning, Caroline Nielsen, David Dunbar, Christina Medved, Susan Gill

SoTL Commons Conference

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) involves students in addressing real-world problems in collaboration with community partners. Research has shown that this approach results in positive outcomes with respect to student engagement and attitudes. However, demonstrating that CBPR leads to genuine improvement in student learning, as compared with more traditional pedagogical approaches, is an emerging challenge. In order to address this challenge, we present the use of an authentic assessment in Watershed Ecology, a CBPR science course for non-majors, to measure gains in student learning as compared with learning gains in a similar undergraduate course that does not use a CBPR approach ...


Reading The Absence: Critical Reading And Social Engagement, Karen Manarin, Melanie Rathburn, Miriam Carey Mar 2012

Reading The Absence: Critical Reading And Social Engagement, Karen Manarin, Melanie Rathburn, Miriam Carey

SoTL Commons Conference

The term “critical reading” has two distinct traditions: reading for academic purposes and reading for social or civic engagement. In this session participants will learn about a collaborative method for SoTL projects, hear findings about critical reading for social engagement in a general education program, and engage in dialogue about critical reading. This session describes the evidence-based assessment practices used to gather information about how students demonstrate critical reading across the four areas of a first-year general education program: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy; Values, Beliefs and Identities; Community and Society; and Communication. Researchers examined the written work produced by students ...


Sotl And The Creative Power Of Faculty Learning Communities, Arlene Wilner, Sharon Mirchandani, Phillip Lowrey, Bryan Spiegelberg, Danielle Jacobs Mar 2012

Sotl And The Creative Power Of Faculty Learning Communities, Arlene Wilner, Sharon Mirchandani, Phillip Lowrey, Bryan Spiegelberg, Danielle Jacobs

SoTL Commons Conference

Drawing on lessons learned from ten years of developing and sustaining faculty learning communities and from participation in a Dean's Task Force on Curriculum Revision, SoTL practitioners from different disciplines (e.g., music, biology, English, chemistry) will demonstrate the value of SoTL as an integrative activity that accomplishes simultaneously several higher-education objectives: 1) building faculty morale through shared evidence of positive effects on student learning, 2) promoting assessment as a tool for teaching as well as for evaluation, 3) enabling faculty to teach and learn from each other, and 4) influencing the revision of the general education curriculum in ...


Learning Assessment, And Career Marketability: A Strategy For The Liberal Arts, Samantha Earley, Wolfgang Natter Mar 2012

Learning Assessment, And Career Marketability: A Strategy For The Liberal Arts, Samantha Earley, Wolfgang Natter

SoTL Commons Conference

Undeniably, it's one of the most difficult questions that a liberal arts major will face in her academic career: “What are you going to do with that major?” In these economic times, it's a fair question. The dilemma for the student isn't helped when, often, professors can't offer answers other than “teaching” or “graduate school.” As educators, we can help answer that question by using competency-based grading rubrics geared toward enabling students to discuss their skills sets in light of corporate hiring. Assessment in this sense can become a way to inform students about both the ...


Using High Touch Pedagogy, Authentic Assessment & Student Generated Content To Increase Student Engagement In Online Education, Kristen Betts, Annette Wilson Mar 2012

Using High Touch Pedagogy, Authentic Assessment & Student Generated Content To Increase Student Engagement In Online Education, Kristen Betts, Annette Wilson

SoTL Commons Conference

Assessments in educational programs typically provide students with measures that include answer selection, information recall, and the completion of faculty generated or standardized tests. While these types of traditional assessment have a role in learning, authentic assessment, learning simulation, and student-generated content enable students to actualize and apply acquired knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios. This session will discuss how high touch pedagogy and assessment can increase student success and prepare graduates for advanced studies, career placement, advancement, and transition. Additionally, this session will share how to integrate individual and group assessments that build upon research relating to neuroplasticity, cultural ...


Campus-Wide Assessment Of Sotl: Analysis Of Perceptions, Engagement And Obstacles, Andi Beth Mincer, Sabrina Hessinger Mar 2012

Campus-Wide Assessment Of Sotl: Analysis Of Perceptions, Engagement And Obstacles, Andi Beth Mincer, Sabrina Hessinger

SoTL Commons Conference

Published literature on campus-wide assessment of faculty knowledge, perceptions and participation in Scholarship of Teaching Learning (SoTL) is scant. Presenters will describe a survey instrument specifically developed for general faculty assessment of this topic. The survey was constructed by compiling and modifying the most relevant elements of previously published instruments. Analyses include comparisons made based on factors such as college, department and rank. Survey data revealed, for example, that faculty reported high levels of understanding and value of SoTL in higher education, but low levels of actual participation in SoTL activities. Plans for on-campus utilization of these results, including informing ...


Building Support For The Introductory Oral Communication Course: Strategies For Widespread And Enduring Support On Campus, Jon A. Hess Jan 2012

Building Support For The Introductory Oral Communication Course: Strategies For Widespread And Enduring Support On Campus, Jon A. Hess

Communication Faculty Publications

A strong introductory course is important for many communication departments, for the discipline, and for meeting our obligation to society. This paper utilizes the example of a recent curricular reform that threatened to eliminate a required oral communication course to reflect on strategies departments can use to build widespread and lasting support for the course. The paper reviews the events that led to the challenge and details the department’s response, which offers lessons that may be useful for other institutions. Four lessons include:

* Tailoring the introductory course to the institution’s needs and mission

* Involvement in university work

* Making ...


Principles For Designing An Effective, Post-Compulsory Music Curriculum Suitable For Western Australia, Andrew T. Sutherland Jan 2012

Principles For Designing An Effective, Post-Compulsory Music Curriculum Suitable For Western Australia, Andrew T. Sutherland

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

A new post-compulsory Music course known as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Music course was recently introduced into Year 11 and 12 in Western Australian (WA) schools. Following a convoluted process of creation, its implementation into classrooms has been problematic. Given criticism levelled at its process of creation and implementation, the researcher questions whether the WACE Music course embodies effective, recognised principles to support the effective teaching and learning of music. This study investigates the principles which should form the basis of an effective, post-compulsory music curriculum, suitable for WA. It involved a literature review which sought to ...