Program for the 2012 PDI

Wednesday, January 11th

1:00 PM

Session Title:
What makes a good test question?
Presenters:
Karen Rambo-Hernandez
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
221 TILT Building
Description:
Ever wonder what is really inside your students' heads? In this interactive session, we will examine what makes a test item good (able to determine student knowledge) and what makes a test item bad (unable to determine student knowledge). Participants will critique multiple items and leave with a checklist of how to determine the quality of an item. Practical tips will be discussed that will be able to be applied immediately to improve multiple choice and short answer assessments.
Goals and Target Audience:
university faculty, graduate teaching assistants

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Using Backwards Design to Improve Student Performance in Your Courses
Presenters:
Erica Suchman,Jennifer Taylor
Category:
Critical Thinking
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
221 TILT Building
Description:
We will discuss what we learned at last summer's HHMI AAAS summer teaching workshop in Boulder. We were taught a new technique called Backwards Design for improving student outcomes. Basically the instructor designs learning outcomes (what do I want my students to be able to DO?) rather than topics, and then designs the instruction to achieve these goals.
Goals and Target Audience:
Instructors of courses