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Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

An Introduction to Assessment Theory and Practice

What is the purpose of assessment? Research has shown that opinions on this differ around the world. In this week’s general introduction to assessment theory and practice, you can compare your own experience of assessment with some contrasting experiences from different parts of the world. We will take a clear look at how educational assessment integrates and links curriculum, teaching, and learning. We will then look at cultural factors that may influence the teaching practices of your workplace....
Reading
5 videos (Total 67 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Formative & Summative: Understanding the impact of timing on assessment decisions11m
The Curriculum-Teaching-Assessment cycle: A framework for integrating assessment with instruction10m
Cultural Concern: Perspectives of minorities on educational assessment13m
Discussion 117m
Reading4 readings
General Overview10m
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Outline for Week One10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The nature of feedback in improving teaching and learning

Feedback can vary greatly in its effectiveness. In the lectures this week we will identify the key characteristics of good (and bad) feedback. We will explore the practice of incorporating feedback into teaching. Teachers and students have their own views on what constitutes effective feedback. Understanding these views can help you to decide how you should give feedback to your own students. We will ask you to consider how you can best provide feedback to minority students. By the end of the week you should be able to generate your own examples of effective feedback for students....
Reading
5 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Building Feedback into Teaching: Goals/Intentions; Strengths & Weaknesses12m
Teacher & Student perceptions of feedback9m
Cultural Concern: Perspectives of minorities on appropriate feedback mechanisms11m
Interview 113m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Two10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Reporting student achievement

Welcome back to our third week of exploring ideas connected to assessment. In the lectures this week, we explore current approaches to reporting and raise important questions about their validity. We will consider the strengths and weaknesses of standardized test scores and point you to effective techniques for writing reports and giving feedback that will actually help students and pupils improve their learning. We will give you tools for use in your own practice and encourage you how reporting practices used with majority groups might need to be modified for use with parents from minority groups....
Reading
5 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Grades, ranks, and scores: Problems with using these approaches12m
Reporting against objectives, not test questions or items7m
Cultural Concern: Perspectives of minorities on appropriate reporting mechanisms10m
Discussion 212m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Three10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Guidelines for developing and using objectively answered question procedures

This week we describe specific techniques for designing assessment tools. The assessment tool that we will focus on is multiple-choice questions (MCQs), however we will present a number of different formats. You will be given practical advice and tools for creating a variety of good test questions. The key point to note is that unless such objectively-scored questions are written well, getting them right will not be an indicator of knowledge or skill in the domain being assessed. Test-wiseness (i.e., knowing how to answer such questions) increases test scores but this is no guarantee students actually understand more. Hence, care and attention needs to be paid to how test questions are written. Stay active – and enjoy the learning this week. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Anatomy of a good MCQ: The Wrong Answers11m
Valid alternatives to bad MCQ: Binary choice; Matching9m
Valid alternatives to bad MCQ: Sequencing; Sorting11m
Interview two18m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Four10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top Reviews

By JTAug 20th 2017

I really learned a lot from this course. I hope they can make a follow up course dealing more extensively on the different formats of tests and how to analyze validity and reliability of test items.

By FRNov 12th 2016

Hello!\n\nI'll recommend every teacher and trainer to take this course because it helps to make better and more productive.

Instructors

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Dr Peter Keegan

Senior Lecturer, Te Puna Wānanga, Faculty of Education
University of Auckland, New Zealand
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Associate Professor Gavin Brown

Director, Faculty of Education Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit
University of Auckland, New Zealand
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Professor John MacBeath

Professor Emeritus
University of Cambridge, UK

About Commonwealth Education Trust

The Commonwealth Education Trust invests in primary and secondary education and the professional development of teachers throughout their careers. Through education it seeks to enhance the opportunities for children from all walks of life to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. ...

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