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Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Using Formative Feedback to Drive Student Learning

Friday, August 16, 2013
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

by Stephen Carroll, Ph.D.,
Co-Director of the Professional Writing Program,
Santa Clara University


Student raising hand

Student feedback can provide useful data on the effectiveness of your teaching that helps you identify how students are learning. How you ask for that feedback can drive learning by promoting reflection and stimulating metacognition. Well-designed questions can also promote alignment of course objectives and pedagogy.

Dr. Carroll will share a valid, reliable, and FREE online instrument developed by the National Science Foundation to collect course-specific, formative feedback on students' learning gains and on the pedagogy responsible for those gains. In this workshop, you will learn how this instrument works, then develop your own questions that will identify how your course enables student learning. Participants are asked to bring a course syllabus to the workshop.

Stephen Carroll, Ph.D.

Stephen Carroll is Co-Director of the Professional Writing Program at Santa Clara University. His current projects focus on intersections of pedagogy, technology, assessment, writing, and learning. He recently served as the Director of Core Writing for SCU and as the Faculty Director for the Alpha Residential Learning Community. He has developed and taught a number of experimental, cross-disciplinary pilot courses to explore new ways to enhance student learning. His recent publications focus on how to use assessment practices to drive innovation in teaching and learning and on leveraging existing technologies to enhance communication and accelerate learning, especially in undergraduate learning communities. His current research focuses on how metalearning and metacognition improve student learning. Stephen is a science writer for the National Science Foundation.

Tentative Agenda

12:30 pm
12:55 pm
Welcome and introductions
1:00 pm
- Challenges of student evaluation of teaching
- Using the Student Assessment of Learning Gains as a solution to those challenges
- Theory and practice: How the Student Assessment of Learning Gains works
2:30 pm
Refreshment break
2:45 pm
- Student Assessment of Learning Gains for departments, programs and research groups
- Build your own Student Assessment of Learning Gains for formative feedback
- Debriefing and Q&A
4:00 pm
Conclusion and workshop evaluation

Office of Assessment Services and Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is open only to NIU faculty, instructors, and teaching staff (SPS and Civil Service). Registered participants will receive institute materials and a certificate of participation. If you do not wish to receive a certificate, please indicate in the accommodation field on the registration form. Advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 2, 2013. Due to the expensive nature of the institute and the advance notice needed for arranging materials, please register by the deadline here and plan to attend the entire afternoon.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by Monday, August 12, 2013 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the institute or costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 07/16/2014