• Assessment and Evaluation,  Indigenization, Decolonization, Reconciliation

    Indigenization and Assessment – Rethinking Traditional Practice

    “Education got us into this mess, education will get us out of it.” – Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, December 2015 Higher education is embarking on a journey of Indigenization, decolonization and reconciliation (IDR). Location will impact understanding of how to accomplish IDR and who will be involved in actualizing the initiative. One thing will be consistent, how we define assessment. Merriam-Webster’s definition is “the action or an instance of making a judgment about something.” This definition highlights the challenge when educators work to Indigenize assessment actions that may be subjective. In a world where people of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis identities face bias…

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    Instructional / Course Design

    Syllabus Generator Offers Ease and Support When Creating Your Syllabi

    A course syllabus provides students with a guide to what they should be able to do by the end of the course and a plan for how they will get there. This includes requirements and expectations but also signals the type of course it will be through information on assessments, learning strategies, required resources, and even the instructor profile. While the University of Saskatchewan has had a recommended syllabus template for several years, it was an MS Word document that allowed instructors to fill in information but provided little guidance around effective wording to provide students with clarity and instructors with the ability to set the tone they were hoping…

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    Assessment and Evaluation,  Educational Technology,  Remote Teaching

    Formative Assessment: A comparison of two online quizzes 

    This post aims to compare the design of two online quizzes to determine how each design impacts student learning.   Formative assessment is a process used to:  Identify what students already know and where they need more support to reach the desired learning outcomes. Provide feedback that the student can use to increase learning before a final assessment. For example, using feedback from a draft assignment that can be used to increase understanding for future revisions. Evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction during the learning process so the teacher can adjust instruction to meet students’ needs.   “You almost want kids to make mistakes on formative assessments because that’s how you figure out…

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    USask Assessment Principles

    In the 2022-23, USask adopted an updated set of principles about how we try to assess students.  Here are some tips about using each of the principles in your course.  Each principle is defined and related posts are listed. Is aligned with learning outcomes and instructional strategies (assessment of learning). Alignment refers to the process of planning your learning outcomes to describe what your students will be able to do, know or value, and then planning how you will assess and teach based on those outcomes. When align to outcomes, you only gather evidence of academic achievement that is critical to those outcomes. Watch this video what “aligned” means Understand…