Assignment DesignV6 5 15 2014

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Multi-State Collaborative
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Susan Albertine
Vice President, Office of Diversity,
Equity, and Student Success, AAC&U
Faculty Engagement Subgroup, MSC
([email protected])
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James Gubbins
Associate Professor - Salem State
University, Massachusetts
Faculty Engagement Subgroup, MSC
([email protected])
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It is good for student learning.
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It supports faculty engagement.
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It strengthens programs.
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It connects assessment to teaching and learning.
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January 2010: Working group begins process of
developing a statewide system for assessing student
learning outcomes
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October 2012: Statewide conference on Quantitative
Literacy
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Spring 2013: First pilot study to test a model for statewide
assessment. The three learning outcomes: Critical
Thinking, Quantitative Literacy, and Written
Communication
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Spring 2013 Massachusetts Pilot Study: Lessons learned
Faculty scorer: “I spent almost a whole day scoring the
quantitative literacy artifacts. It did not go well for multiple
reasons . . . many of the artifact[s] weren't appropriate for
this rubric (they were simple math quizzes).”
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Fall 2014 Multistate Collaborative Pilot Study: Benefits
from Massachusetts’s experience
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K-16 Teachers and administrators in Massachusetts have
devised a working definition of college readiness in
Mathematics
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Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric has offered
Massachusetts faculty a starting point for understanding,
discussing, and assessing college-level quantitative literacy
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Criteria
Levels
Performance
Descriptors
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Second Criterion in the Quantitative Literacy Rubric:
Representation
◦ Ability to convert relevant information into various mathematical
forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
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Third Criterion in the Quantitative Literacy Rubric:
Calculation
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Criteria
Levels
Performance
Descriptors
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Know where you want to go: What is the key outcome you want?
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Consider how you might tweak an existing assignment to include that key outcome.
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Consider how an assignment might contribute to a student’s grasp of the defined learning
outcome over time
◦ Analyze QL criteria to determine key components for a QL assignment in your field.
◦ Work backwards from a student artifact, preferably in a group, using the VALUE QL
rubric; consider the DQP for reference.
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Assignments themselves may be arranged progressively or scaffolded across a course and
through a program.
◦ What activities can you identify to improve critical thinking and integrative learning?
◦ Can the assignment be used for more than one outcome?
◦ How can you help students gain QL capacity over time in your disciplinary context?
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What are the types of assignments that will be most helpful for allowing students to
demonstrate competency and help them get ready for the days after graduation?
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Collaborate
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Think structurally
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Plan beyond your discipline
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Cultivate novice thinking
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Ask students to talk about how they are learning
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Additional MSC Webinars
 Assignment Design Webinar
May 13, 4-5pm (ET) and May 14, 4-5pm (ET)
 Sampling for the Pilot Study
May 21, 4-5pm (ET) and May 22, 4-5pm (ET)
 Multi-State Assessment: IRB & Student Consent
May 28, 5-6pm (ET) and June 3, 4-5pm (ET)
 Coding, Formatting, Submitting: Using Taskstream
Date and Time TBD
Webinars will be recorded and posted to: http://www.sheeo.org/msc
Webinars already posted:
 Welcome to the MSC
Questions?
 Pilot Study Overview
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