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University of Pittsburgh and CIRTL Network
Faculty Knowledge Essentials, Assessment

Creating Assessments for STEM

Creating an assessment tool that measures your intended student learning outcomes is critical. You don’t know if you have achieved the learning outcome unless you've properly measured it! This 7-week course is intended to help participants learn and develop skills associated with creating and implementing assessments particular to STEM courses. Each week, students will have pre-reading assignments related to the assessment topic and a short assignment to complete prior to attending the weekly synchronous session. Each synchronous session will review aspects of the technique (i.e., development issues, implementation and administration, when best to apply, etc.), provide examples, and give participants the opportunity to work in small groups on developing their own assessments. The last session will be devoted to learning how to use the data from the various assessments to guide instruction.

Learning Objectives

1. Become literate in assessment terminology

2. Determine which assessments might work best for different types of learning objectives

3. Become familiar with and learn how to develop common assessments: surveys, rubrics, test questions, clicker questions

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions at 11:30AM - 1:00PM ET / 10:30AM - 12:00PM CT / 9:30AM - 11:00AM MT / 8:30AM - 10:00AM PT on Tuesdays, starting October 3 and ending November 28. Class will not meet on Tuesday, October 10 or on Tuesday, November 21.

Workload Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 1-2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 30 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.