P525: Sorting formative assessment practices by type

Author: Herb Fynewever, Calvin College, USA

Co-Author: Paula Kuiper and Rachel Van Oefflen, Calvin College, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 4:20 PM4:40 PM

Room: LTT 103

Related Symposium: S13

We study the practices of college instructors to determine the types of formative assessment they do. This study is motivated by the evidence that formative assessment (FA) is an effective instruction paradigm and that there are many diverse ways to do FA. Data collection include classroom observations, field notes, interview transcripts, and the examination of artifacts such as syllabi and graded student work. Analysis is primarily qualitative, with data being coded for themes. Results indicate that there are indeed distinct and sometimes contrasting ways to do FA. We will discuss how the results could inform future faculty development efforts.

P379: Interdisciplinary authentic research laboratory in biology/chemistry/statistics

Author: Herb Fynewever, Calvin College, USA

Co-Author: Nate Buteyn, Ye In Oh, David Koetje, Amy Wilstermann and Randy Pruim, Calvin College, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

We have implemented interdisciplinary laboratory modules located in the biology curriculum but including relevant connections to chemistry and statistics content. Students spend multiple weeks per module engaging in guided but otherwise authentic research on topics of nutrition, ecology and evolution. Assessment data show progress in the development of some learning outcomes and need for revision to address others.