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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1425 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd East Lansing, MI 48824
Create for STEM Institute at MSU
Expectations of Academic Institutions, Faculty Knowledge Essentials, Teaching and mentoring students, Cross disciplinary awareness

What Ideas Should We Be Teaching (and How Can We Assess Whether Students Have Learned Them)? Presented by Dr. Melanie Cooper

There is a saying: “If you don’t assess what’s important, what’s assessed becomes important”.  What we assess in our courses sends a not so implicit message to our students about what they know and be able to do. If we only assess recall of facts and rote problem solving, then that is what students will learn - even if we have more profound goals in mind. In this workshop participants will use evidence based approaches to developing assessments that incorporate both the “big ideas” of a particular discipline and the practices of science and engineering (for example using models to explain and predict, and constructing explanations). That is we will develop assessments that ask students to use their knowledge - rather than regurgitate it.