Assessing Student Learning: A Collection of Evaluation Tools

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Assessing Student Learning: A Collection of Evaluation Tools

Question 4: One finding is that students don’t think professors can evaluate effort very well. How can you operationalize effort to help alleviatethis problem?Assessment objective: Understanding how to operationalize a variable (i.e., what operationalization means).3 (Advanced undergrad) 2 (Developing) 1 (Introductory) 0 (Before instruction)- gives clear measurable behaviorsrelated to effort“Effort is turning in all homework assignments,attends class with a record of less than twoabsences, make an attempt to complete all extracredit, participate in class discussion.”“An example could be: effort is graded on howmany questions/answers/thoughts a student givesduring each class period. The professor could say,for example, in order to get ‘effort’ points, you mustmake at least 2 comments each class.”- specifies behaviors that themselvesneed to be operationalized“I don’t think you could fully operationalize effort.My only idea would be to include extra credit,participation, and attendance as effort.”- States a procedure for collecting databut does not operationalize theconstruct by specifying measurablebehaviors“Professors can use their graduate students or TAsto attend their classes and observe their students.They can observe …their effort toward class…”- does not show understanding of theterm operationalize.- Gives common-sense answer or saysthe construct cannot beoperationalized.“It is too hard for instructors to accurately assessindividual effort.”“One way a professor can alleviate this problem isby informing the students early in the courseregarding course and its grading policies perhapsthat would give a more vivid perspective of theprofessor’s evaluation process.”

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