Tuesday July 31, AM Sessions

S47a: Inquiry in Support of Student Learning: Meaningful Uses of Assessment Data

Organizers: Anne-Marie Nickel (Milwaukee School of Engineering, USA), Mary Walczak (St. Olaf College, USA)

Presider: Mary Walczak (St. Olaf College, USA)

Systematic inquiry into student learning helps instructors, departments and institutions assess the extent to which students are achieving learning objectives. At the course level, instructors might ask whether students are learning what they think they are teaching. By gathering evidence of student learning, the instructor can determine whether adjustments to course material and/or methods are needed to improve learning. At the department level information about the extent to which chemistry graduates are meeting outcomes for the major can inform decision-making. Examining evidence of student learning can help us determine the efficacy of our teaching and the educational path we have provided our students. Assessment is the process of systematically asking these questions, gathering data to answer the questions, analyzing the data and then making changes to improve the educational process and student learning. This symposium will address assessment within chemistry courses, across the chemistry curriculum and at the institutional level.

     Introduction 9:30am-9:35am

P432: Effects of the learning company approach on students’ achievement in chemistry

Toyin Owoyemi 9:35am – 9:55am – Osmond 101

P433: Gauging student learning using the Chemical Concepts Inventory in general and introductory chemistry

Julie Abrahamson 9:55am – 10:15am – Osmond 101

P434: Using the Chemical Concepts Inventory to assess supplemental instruction and tutoring

Jessica Orvis 10:15am – 10:35am – Osmond 101

Panel Discussion 10:35am-10:55am

Break 10:55am-11:10am

P435: Assessment of students’ ability to design and conduct experiments

Anne-Marie Nickel 11:10am – 11:30am – Osmond 101

P436: Using a laboratory practical to assess student learning in general chemistry

Scott Van Bramer 11:30am – 11:50am – Osmond 101

Panel Discussion 11:50am-12:10pm

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