Category Archives: assessment

Program evaluation for program improvement

Evaluating an educational program can mean anything from distributing a “smile sheet” (“How much did you like our program?”) to launching a multi-year, mixed-methods study on the effectiveness of your intervention. The former won’t tell you much of value, and … Continue reading

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How can we keep students engaged in science?

Recently, we struck up a conversation with a Northwestern undergraduate.  This young woman had been a top student in high school and had excelled in science. After a quarter of college science courses, though, she was discouraged.  She felt lost … Continue reading

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It’s in the syllabus…isn’t it? How a syllabus quiz can help students learn

This comic perfectly sums up the frustration that instructors often encounter in regards to answering routine questions from students. Long ago, some brilliant instructor probably came up with an ingenious method for dealing with the questions that he kept getting … Continue reading

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