Writing Good Test Items

This post was written by Judith Wightman, Professional Development Fellow and faculty in the Psychology department. One skill that most college instructors use on a regular basis is writing valid and reliable test items. These items may be based on any source material used in the discipline and can be used for a variety of… [Read the Full Story]

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Nzelu: Sociocultural Perspectives on Learning & Intelligence

This is something I wrote on another blog several months ago before the Fall 2013 semester began.  I wanted to share it with you now in retrospect with the Culturally Responsive Classroom pilot project halfway completed.  I also wanted to add a little more on what I have learned since the original posting. In the… [Read the Full Story]

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Flipping the Classroom

In preparation for this posting, I came across Vanderbilt University’s webpage about flipping the classroom at http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/teaching-activities/flipping-the-classroom/.   This page summarizes well the research behind the buzz.  I recommend that you read Vanderbilt’s page before anything else about flipping the classroom, including what I wrote below.  Flipping pancakes is often easier than flipping the classroom. A… [Read the Full Story]

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Completing Kirkwood Courses as an Assessment Tool

This post was written by Judith Wightman, Professional Development Fellow and faculty in the Psychology department. Taking credit courses offered through Kirkwood can serve a variety of purposes, including learning more about a particular subject, getting exposure to new technologies and teaching techniques used by other instructors, increasing in empathy for students, and working toward… [Read the Full Story]

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Outcomes-based Assessment

I have used this PPT (and slightly different variations of it) to introduce the conceopt of outcomes-based assessment to different faculty groups. This is the version that I shared last year with the iPad Initiative members, and now I’d like to share more broadly. According to an outcome-assessment framework, it is imperative that the teaching/learning… [Read the Full Story]

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English Language Testing from There to Here

Jeremy Slagoski, instructional designer at KCELT, facilitated a presentation about English language testing at Kirkwood Community College and countries where many international students come from.  You can view the prezi here: http://prezi.com/gepss08wtn5x/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy To provide a more in-depth perspective of English language tests at Kirkwood, ELA instructor Ryan Dehner gave a presentation on the tests English… [Read the Full Story]

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It’s All Sociological: Studyguides, joint-testing, and student collaboration

Dr. Allissa King, Sociology faculty, presented at KCELT’s Learning Institute last week on student collaboration on study guides. To access all the slides from her presentation, please click on the link here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B997q4eBawmrS1phVWd2VzFEVEE/edit?usp=sharing

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Clear and Measurable Course Outcomes: A strategic plan

Last week, KCELT hosted its first Learning Institute.  David Keller, Kirkwood’s curriculum and assessment specialist, presented a strategic plan on Wednesday, August 14th. To access all the slides to his presentation, please click on this link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B997q4eBawmrYXlvcTYtSTExdTg/edit?usp=sharing Below are pictures of the participants engaging in group work activities in Dr. Keller’s session.  

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ACT Compass Placement Testing: Connecting to Kirkwood

Jana Hanson from Institutional Research facilitated this presentation at KCELT’s Learning Institute. She presented with a panel from ACT as indicated below. You can view all the PowerPoint slides on PDF by going to this URL: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B997q4eBawmrWHoyeFdmY2FWT2M/edit?usp=sharing

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Learning Institute, August 13-14

Earlier this week KCELT hosted its first Learning Institute, which is a professional development program for all Kirkwood faculty.  Every Learning Institute will have a different theme, and this year’s theme was Assessment.  Below is the list of topics and presenters.  Two presentations occurred simultaneously in two adjacent rooms in Benton Hall. Tuesday, August 13,… [Read the Full Story]

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