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Pre-Institute Assignments

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1. Introduce yourself to the Assessment listserv: Due May 24th

Email address:
Subject heading: “Your Name - Introduction.” 

Please answer these questions:

1) Describe your teaching responsibilities and the type of student you teach.

2) Describe what you would like to take home as a result of attending the Assessment Institute.

3) Tell us about your interests outside of the classroom and a book that you have read recently.

2. Reading & Reflections: Due June 7th

Activity 1 - Read

Please read the chapter, A Taxonomy of Significant Learning, from Dee Fink’s book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses.

Activity 2 - Wiki Homepage**

1.    In the top-left corner of the Wiki, you should see an orange “login” button.  Click this button to login.

2.    Your user name and password has already been set as your first initial and full last name
(e.g., ksherwood). Log in to the Wiki. You should see your username in the upper left corner if you are correctly logged in.  The orange logout button should also be visible.

3.    Click the page already created for you under “2013 Scholar Pages” of the "2013 Assessment Cohort."  Note: You may see another page called “My Page” at the top of your wiki screen.  This “My Page” is NOT visible to anyone but you and SHOULD NOT be used for these assignments. 

4.    Once you are on your Scholar Page, find the orange header at the top of the page and select “Edit page.”

5.    Add your current CONTACT INFORMATION to this page. Feel free to add links to your professional and/or personal website, a picture of yourself, and any other items that may interest the group (Feel free to play!).

**Having trouble? See our Wiki Guide.

Activity 3 - Reading Reflections

1.    Make certain you are logged in, and on your Scholar Page under "2013 Assessment Cohort."

2.    In the orange header at the top of the page, select “Add page.” This will create a new page UNDER your name.

4.    Once in the editing mode, change the title of the page to read “Reading Reflections.”  This is the title that will appear in the hierarchy tabs to the left, under your name.

5.    On this page please describe the following:

  • Identify and describe one of your courses that will serve as your “project course” for the work you do at the Institute. 
  • What constraints influence how you teach this course?  (e.g., large class size, laboratory format, non-majors) 
  • What do you hope the students will learn in your course?
  • How do you determine whether students have achieved the learning you describe in question #3?
  • Provide a list of 3–4 specific assessment strategies you are most interested in exploring during the Assessment Institute?


3.  Pre-Institute Readings: Due On-site

Read the following articles and be prepared to discuss on-site:

Handelsman, J, et al. (2004). Scientific teaching. Science 304, 521–522.

Chapter 3: Course Design By Objectives from Nilson, Linda B. Teaching At Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors. 2nd ed. Boston: Anker, 2003.

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We recommend that you stick with the class that you outlined during your application process.
Posted 10:10, 6 Jun 2013
For the second set of readings, is the Handelsman assignment from her book Scientific Teaching or the Science article referenced above in Part 3 Pre-Institute Readings: Due On-site. The link is to Chapt. 1 of the book not the Science article.
Posted 12:12, 10 Jun 2013
Sorry Sarah - the link is correct, the citation is not! I will work on that this week.
Posted 15:19, 11 Jun 2013
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