Assessing Prior Knowledge






Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Location: 112-114 McKenna Hall
Presenter(s): Monica Arul, Graduate Associate, and G. Alex Ambrose, Associate Director of the Kaneb Center

Description: Students come to the classroom with a broad range of pre-existing knowledge, skills, beliefs, and attitudes, which influence how they attend, interpret and organize incoming information. What are the ways to find out if students start your course with the knowledge and skills that you expect as prerequisites? In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of assessing students’ prior knowledge at the beginning of the semester and the various classroom assessment techniques that you can employ to gauge students’ prior knowledge.
Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify common techniques for assessing prior knowledge

  • Incorporate classroom assessment feedback to improve teaching and learning

What to Bring: Laptop Computer
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 Certificates: Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoc certificates:

The title was updated in Spring 2013 to reflect current literature and practices.

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