EDU405 : Classroom Assessment

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course is organized around two central classroom assessment activities. The first involves incorporating assessment activities into lessons. This means including assessment targets and criteria that represent success in achieving the targets—in addition to the lesson’s learning objectives—in lesson plans. The second assessment activity is constructing an achievement test. The goal of the first activity is to illustrate how assessment can improve learning and instruction. You have studied about learning goals, outcomes, and/or objectives in other courses and you know how to use them in lesson plans. You’ll use that knowledge now to distinguish between learning objectives and assessment targets. You will see how to write assessment targets and where they belong in a lesson plan. You will learn how to set the criteria that a student must meet in order to show that she or he has met the target and, therefore, achieved the lesson’s learning objectives. You will see that you have to choose, from among several options, assessment tools that will give you the information you need to determine if students have achieved the lesson’s objective. The goal of the second activity is to show you that creating an appropriate achievement test for your students is more than just writing questions (though that is a central part of the process). You will see that good tests require a blueprint (usually called a Table of Specifications). The blueprint helps you decide the topics and learning objectives your test should include and how many questions you should write for each. You will learn what it means when a test is called standardized and also how to improve a test after you have given it once.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • write a lesson plan that includes assessment targets, criteria for demonstrating success achieving the targets, and appropriate assessment tools
  • distinguish between good and weak short-answer, multiple-choice, true-false, and matching questions from an actual test and explain why each question is good or weak
  • identify the characteristics of effective feedback and provide an example
  • defend, with conviction, the claim that reliable information from assessments about students’ learning status increases the effectiveness of instructional decisions

Course Calendar

Classroom Assessment Introduction (Topic 1 to 6)1
Basic assumptions (Topic 7 to 13)2
Types of Assessment (Topic 14 to 19)3
Links and Loops (Topic 20 to 25)4
Reliability (Topic 26 to 31)5
Some Other Types of Assessment (Topic 32 to 37)6
Validity (Topic 38 to 43)7
Biasness (Topic 44 to 49)8
Assessment in Classroom (Topic 50 to 56)9
Quiz No. I
Feedback and Assessment (Topic 57 to 61)10
Types of Feedback (Topic 62 to 67)11
Feedback and Motivation (Topic 68 to 74)12
Evidence of Feedback (Topic 75 to 79)13
Assignment No. 1
Tools of assessment (Topic 80 to 85)14
Observation (Topic 86 to 91)15
Types of Questions (92 to 97)16
Interview (Topic 98 to 103)17
Port folio and Projects (Topic 104 to 110)18
Diary writing and Projects (Topic 111 to 115)19
Types of Tests (Topic 116 to 121)20
Types of Answers (Topic 122 to 127)21
Other Types of Questions (Topic 128 to 133)22
Mid Term Exam
Objectives (Topic 134 to 139)23
Knowledge Level of Bloom''s Taxonomy (Topic 140 to 145)24
Bloom''s Taxonomy (Topic 146 to 151)25
Comprehension Level of Bloom''s Taxonomy (Topic 152 to 157)26
Application Level of Bloom''s Taxonomy (Topic 158 to 163)27
Analysis Level of Bloom''s Taxonomy (Topic 164 to 169)28
Quiz No. III
Synthesis Level of Bloom''s Taxonomy (Topic 170 to 175)29
Evaluation Level of Bloom''s Taxonomy (Topic 176 to 181)30
Types of Questions 2 (Topic 182 to 186)31
Item Analysis 1(Topic 187 to 193)32
Item Analysis 2 (Topic 194 to 198)33
Marking (Topic 199 to 204)34
Assignment No. 2
Rubrics (Topic 205 to 210)35
Rubrics…….cont (Topic 211 to 216)36
Mode and Frequency (Topic 217 to 220)37
Range and Median (Topic 221 to 225)38
Central Tendency (Topic 226 to 233)39
Standard Deviation (Topic 234 to 239)40
Interpretation of Statistical Values (Topic 240 to 245)41
Displaying the Data (Topic 246 to 251)42
Types of Graphs (Topic 252 to 258)43
Item Development (Topic 259 to 264)44
Outcomes of Assessment (Topic 265 to 270)45
Final Term Exam
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