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Resources - Other Assessment Web Sites
Astronomy Education Review
From the website: "The Astronomy Education Review is a journal/website that provides a meeting place for all who are engaged in astronomy and space science education, in either formal or informal settings."
Astronomy Education Research Groups
- Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research Team (CAPER)
This website has many resources, including a description of documented student misconceptions in physics and activities that are centered around common misconceptions for use in large astronomy lectures.
Kansas State Astronomy Education Research
This group has undertaken the study of collaborative learning in Astronomy, and has projects on the Astronomy Diagnostic Test and the Lunar Phases Concept Inventory.
"Access Excellence, launched in 1993, is a national educational program that provides high school biology and life science teachers access to their colleagues, scientists, and critical sources of new scientific information via the World Wide Web." [quote taken from website] The website offers a "Classrooms of the 21st Century" and an "Activities Exchange" section that provides lab activities and advice on teaching for critical thinking or use of assessments in biology education. The site also offers threaded discussions on topics in biology education.
Association for Biology Laboratory Education
Although the website is primarily devoted to curriculum and pedagogy in biology laboratories, a quick review of the workshop/conference proceedings may provide glimpses of assessment instruments.
Beyond Bio 101:The Transformation of Undergraduate Biology Education
This website present a report by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that describes the changes that undergraduate biology education is experiencing. Two major sections deals with the classroom: Changes in the Classroom, The Laboratory Experience, and Faculty in the Crossfire.
Biology Education On-Line (BEOn)
BEOn is an on-line, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing "new, interactive, participatory resources that exemplify the multimedia capabilities inherent in the Internet for the advancement of teaching and learning science, consistent with the goals and standards found in the National Science Education Standards and the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy." [quote taken from website]
BioQuest Curriculum Consortium
The BioQuest Curriculum Consortium offers a variety of curriculum resources. For a fee, one can purchase the BioQuest Library, a "peer-reviewed publication contains more than 70 tools, simulations, databases, and other resources used in undergraduate biology" [quote taken from website]. One of BioQuest's current projects of note is called "LifeLines Online" and consists of case studies for use in community college classrooms.
National Association of Biology Teachers
NABT has a section on their website for Education and Professional Development that provides information on workshops and resources in biology education.
Research, Development, and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Web Guide for Non-Biologists (REDCUBE)
From website, "REDCUBE provides physicists and other non-biologists with a web window on the wonderful world of biology-education research and reform. It contains 47 biology-educator profiles; 446 references (including 124 relevant to general science-education reform); and 490 hot-linked URL's on (a) Biology Associations, (b) Biology Teacher's Web Sites, (c) Scientific Societies and Projects (not confined to Biology), (d) Higher Education, (e) Cognitive Science and Psychology, (f) U.S. Government, and (g) Searches and Directories. The references and URL's may be generally useful to teachers and education researchers, and provide some ideas for improving research and hastening reform."
Student Active Science On-line Book
Saunders College Publishing has published the Student Active Science book and offers it free online as an Adobe Acrobat (pdf) file. Sections of the book deal with assessment.
The Biology Project
Devoted to the on-line, interactive learning of biology, the Biology Project website provides activities and problem sets in key areas of biology. Students who work through the problem set can work through a tutorial to help them answer the problems correctly.
The Workshop Biology project has a section that enables biology educators to download assessment instruments into their classroom. Visitors can download: a testbank of biology questions, a science literacy questionnaire, an attitude about biology inventory, and mid- and end-of-term course evaluations. In addition, the site has many activities for use in the classroom.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications has created ChemVIZ, a tool for computational chemistry visualizations and simulations. The site provides a series of lessons for use in the classroom.
In 1994, the National Science Foundation awarded five grants whose intent was to produce systemic change in undergraduate chemistry education. Each of these initiatives can be accessed through the Multi-Initiative Dissemination Project (http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/~midp/), a project that offers workshops on the work developed by the initiatives listed below.
- Peer Led Team Learning Project
"The Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model preserves the lecture and introduces a new structure, a weekly two-hour workshop where students interact to solve carefully structured problems under the guidance of a peer leader." (quote taken from website) The PLTL has developed three books that present the problems for use in General Chemistry, General/Organic/Biochemistry, and in Organic Chemistry. Copies of the books can be obtained for free at this website.
ChemConnections (ChemLinks and Modular Chemistry Consortiums)
"The ChemLinks Coalition and the Modular Chemistry Consortium are developing and testing topical modules for the first two years of the college chemistry curriculum. These 2-4-week modules start with relevant real-world questions and develop the chemistry needed to answer them." (quote taken from website) Examples of modules are "What should we do about global warming?" and "Build a Better CD Player."
The Molecular Science Consortium has created multiple assessment instruments. One computer-based assessment instrument is called "Calibrated Peer Review," which enables instructors to read and assess writing assignments and another is an exploratory computer-based tool called "Explorations," that allows students to formulate and test their own hypothesis while learning chemistry concepts (such as protein structures, spectra, and phase diagrams)
The major assessment product of the New Traditions Consortium is the FLAG website itself. The original version of the FLAG (as used by chemists) is available at above website.
Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (Association for Computing Machinery)
Lewis Barnett’s “Computer Science Education Resources” page
Computer Science Education Research Groups
- George Washington University Computer Science Education Research
Computer Science Education Research Group at University of Texas Austin
Computer Science Education Research Group at Georgia Tech
The National Science Foundation Engineering Education Coalitions
The NSF funded the development of eight coalitions that were intended to improve engineering education. The coalitions each had a different focus area and each coalition was a partnership among different kinds of institutions (from doctoral universities to two year colleges). Many of the coalitions created assessment instruments as part of their work and the websites of these coalitions appear below.
- Foundation Coalition
The FC consists of six campuses, and focuses primarily on the first two years of the engineering curricula. The FC website provides products of these collaborations, and in particular, has a set of links to assessment instruments developed as a part of the coalition. The instruments range from diagnostic tests (such as a thermodynamics inventory), to surveys of attitudes, to assessments of teamwork. While the tests are not available on the website, the contact information for the authors of the tests is available.
SUCCEED has eight partner campuses and eight focus areas: freshmen engineering, design, tools for accreditation, partnerships, student mentoring, faculty development, integrated programs, and teaching with technology. The SUCCEED website provides information on consultants, papers/presentations, assessment instruments, software, and workshops on each of these areas. The site offers a search page that enables users to search by the above categories (focus area, product) and also by the participating partner institution.
The "Gateway" Coalition consists of seven institutions, and has focused on the shift from "course content to the development of human resources and the broader experience in which individual curriculum parts are connected and integrated." (quote taken from website) The Gateway Coalition website offers six areas: assessment, instructional technologies, curriculum development, under-represented populations, professional development, and a linking and sharing section. In particular, the assessment area offers "faculty tools" for use in the classroom, surveys, papers, and presentations made by Coalition members.
Not limited to assessment, the National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS) "is a digital library of learning resources for engineering education." (quote taken from website). The NEEDS database allows users to search for resources on all elements of a course.
Richard Felder's "Resources in Science and Engineering Education" web page
Dr. Felder's website offers a range of information on all.htmlects of teaching engineering, especially for the new faculty member. With regard to assessment, the site offers information on testing for students' learning styles and information on creating fair exams.
The MathForum at Drexel University offers resources on mathematics and mathematics education. In its "Mathematics Education" section, the Math Forum provides articles and links on assessment.
Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Community
The purpose of RUMEC is to foster collaborative research in undergraduate mathematics education. Although no assessments are provided on the site, the site does provide abstracts of papers on student understanding in, and attitudes toward, mathematics (such as details in abstract algebra, statistics, calculus).
Secondary Mathematics Assessment and Resource Database (SMARD)
The SMARD website provides a searchable database for math problems to be used in a variety of classrooms. Problems can be downloaded and are ready for use in a class.
SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME)
SIGMAA on RUME is a special interest group of the Mathematics Association of American whose mission is "to foster research on learning and teaching undergraduate mathematics and to provide a support network for those who participate in this area of research." (quote taken from website). The site offers a searchable database of math problems and of published papers in mathematics education.
Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics (SAUM)
The SAUM website is an NSF-funded project of the Mathematical Association of America (MMA) that provides case studies on the use of assessment at all levels in mathematics undergraduate education, from the institutional to the departmental to the classroom level. Case studies are written by mathematics instructors and/or evaluators of mathematics reform programs. Each case study has a consistent design that includes sections on: background and purpose, method, findings, use of findings, success factors, and references. In addition, the site offers professional development opportunities for faculty interested in assessment in undergraduate mathematics.
Physics Education Research Groups
- Iowa State Physics Education Research Group
According to their website, "A new physics education research group has been formed at Iowa State University, which will carry out an integrated program to (1) develop new methods of instruction, particularly for large-enrollment classes; (2) develop improved curricula to support the new instructional methods; (3) carry out basic research in the teaching and learning of physics." With respect to assessment, the ISU PERG has articles on engaging students in large lecture physics classes, and assessing student understanding in thermodyamics.
Kansas State University Physics Education Research Group
According to their website, "Using the perspective of research scientists, the Physics Education Group at KSU investigates ways to improve science teaching. In recent years the work of this group has concentrated on the improvement of courses at the high school and college level, the use of modern technology and the training and support of science teachers. The group investigates the value of state-of-the-art technologies in teaching physics." With regard to assessment, they provide publications to explore what students are learning in quantum physics, and what multiple-choice diagnostic tests can reveal about student understanding.
North Carolina State University Physics Education Research and Development
This group is working on two projects of note: "SCALE-UP," which is concerned with created student centered activities for large lecture physics classes; and, the "Assessment Instruments Project," whose "primary goal is to create a series of valid, reliable tests that can be used in pre/post research designs as well as by classroom teachers." (quote taken from website) This group also provides a list of assessments developed for teaching physics at: http://www.ncsu.edu/per/TestInfo.html .
United States Air Force Center for Physics Education Research
This group has developed a JiTT methodology that involves using assessments, submitted through the web, as preparation for class. As the website indicates, "Essentially, students respond electronically to carefully constructed web-based assignments that are due a few hours before class, and the instructor reads the student submissions "just-in-time" to adjust the lesson content and activities to suit the students' needs. Thus, the heart of JiTT is the 'feedback loop' formed by the students' outside-of-class preparation that fundamentally affects what happens during the subsequent in-class time together. The students come to class prepared and already engaged with the material, and the faculty member already knows exactly where the students are and where classroom time together can be best spent. The feedback cycle occurs several times each week, encouraging students to stay current and to do so by studying in several sessions that are short enough to avoid fatigue."
University of Maine Physics Education Research Laboratory (PERL)
UMaine PERL provides a variety of assessment resources. First, they provide (for free) downloadable templates in Excel for analysis of pre- and post- distributions of the Force Concept Inventory, the Maryland Physics Expectation Survey, Electric Circuits Concept Inventory, and the Heat and Temperature Concept inventory. They also provide the Wave Diagnostic Test in Adobe aArobat (pdf) format. They also provide papers on a variety of topics in the assessment of student understanding of physics content (quantum physics, mechanical waves, relationship between physics and mathematics, electricity and magnetism, and radioactivity), of elements of cognition (models of student reasoning, how students make decisions, consistency/coherence of student beliefs, and attitudes/expectations), and an analysis of the validity of standardized tests.
University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group
The University of Maryland PERG website provides a host of resources in physics education (e.g., papers, tutorials, teaching materials), some of which are assessments. The assessments provided on the site (called problems) are: activity-based problems, estimation problems, alternative homework problems, essay questions, and exam questions.
University of Massachusetts Physics Education Group (UMPERG)
The mission of the UMPERG is two-fold, "To conduct rigorous scientific research into physics education, cognitive dynamics, instructional communication, and related topics; and to develop instructional strategies and materials based on results from the field of Physics Education Research." (quote taken from website). Of note are two projects of the group that involve the delivery and research on assessment. The first project is called "ASK-IT" and is a system for enabling instructors to ask students question in large-lecture classes; and, the second project is called "ConMap," and the group is studying the success of a computer-based concept mapping tool to capture student understanding.
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis): Physics Education Research and Development
This group has focused on cooperative problem solving and their website provides: "context rich" physics problems that have been found to be good for use in small groups; examples of their pre-lab quizzes; a laboratory manual that emphasizes discovery of physics topics, and papers on the topic of student learning.
University of Washington: Physics Education Group
In addition to curricular materials that promote discovery of physics, this website provides a series of papers on student understanding of physics concepts.
Modeling Instruction Program at Arizona State University
Along with their emphasis on the professional development of high school teachers, this group provides a host of assessment resources in its "research and evaluation" section: http://modeling.asu.edu/R&E/Research.html.
WebPhysicsTM is an effort of several colleges and universities throughout the United States to provide a WWW interface for sharing useful physics teaching resources. There are many WebPhysics websites, varying in the degree to which they have materials. A good WebPhysics website to begin at is the original site at Davidson College. This site provides links to physics classes and also provides a link to some java applets (called Physlets) for use in physics classes.
Workshop Physics Project at Dickinson College
The Workshop Physics project has developed curricular materials that allow instructors at the college and high school levels to teach introductory physics courses without lectures.
Digital Library for Earth Science Education
The DLESE is a searchable database of resources for earth science education. The site allows users to search by the type of learning resources (e.g., assessment, case study) and by the specific content area (e.g., biology, mathematics).
iLumina, Educational Resources for Science and Mathematics
iLumina is a a digital library of undergraduate teaching materials for science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. The site stores descriptions of a variety of educational resources (most are avilable on-line) in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and phyiscs. The site states the resources were created and contributed primarily by faculty for use in undergraduate classes and labs. To search for assessments or exercises, go to the "advanced search" section and select "exercises" and "assessments" under the Learning Resource Type section.
Merlot is a community-driven database of resources in any discipline. Users can submit and rank websites that provide resources for teaching (e.g., on-line lectures, simulations and animations, reference material, tutorials with drill and practice, and quizzes/tests). To search for an assessment, select the discipline and then order by "item type" and look for "quizzes and tests."
Peer Instruction website and Project Galileo
This group works on the use of "peer instruction" in large lecture classes, and provides a website (called Project Galileo) that has a variety of questions that can be used in lecture classes.
SMETE Digital Library
The National Science Foundation-funded SMETE website offers teaching resources for instructors. To look for assessments on this site, select the type of learning resources (such as exam, self-assessment) and then select the level of student (such as lower division undergraduate).
Carnegie Mellon University: Center for Innovation in Learning
The CIL works with departments on the CMU campus around issues of curriculum design, use of technology in learning, and student learning. A project of note is their Personal Assistants for Learning (PALS) which provides on-line tutoring in physics.
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation Assessment & Evaluation on the Internet
Alternative Assessment/Performance Based Assessment
Thorough listing of internet sites that focus on assessment (K-12 and higher education) and other issues around assessment and testing (fairness, testing the disabled, etc.).
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Undergraduate Assessment and Program Review Page
An extensive website devoted to the SIUE's assessment philosophy, educational tips, and assessment techniques based on Angelo's and Cross' book, "Classroom Assessment Techniques."
Alverno CollegeEducators' page
Alverno College's educational system is devoted to an "ability-based curriculum." Though specific assessment techniques are not described, several publications on student assessment are available. This college is unique because the entire college has the same set of eight student abilities it teach their students in all courses: communication, analysis, problem solving, valuing, social interaction, global perspective, effective citizenship, and aesthetic response. The school also strongly emphasizes student self-assessment.
Montana State University-Bozeman Student Outcomes Assessment Page
Their website includes a list of techniques to collect evidence of student learning such as:
"Conduct focus group interviews with students at different levels of the major to obtain student feedback on advising, courses, and curriculum. Collect and review portfolios of students' work from several courses taken throughout the major. Conduct pre- and post-testing of student knowledge in a capstone course."
Teacher Explorer Center (University of New Orleans College of Education)
Though the focus of this site is to address issues of K-12 students, many topics are useful and relevant to higher education instructors. Also, the Teacher Resources section has an extensive link page.
Eastern New Mexico University Assessment Resource Office
The Assessment Resource Office assists faculty to assess student learning by encouraging the use of Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT's). A brief description of CATs primarily from Angelo's and Cross' book, "Classroom Assessment Techniques," is given in the Cyber Cats section.
Though the target of this site are businesses that focus on children 8-18 years old and specifically addresses issues such as kids' trends and preferences, the site also has many useful topics relevant to higher education instructors. Included in the engaging kids section is a theory section on curriculum, instruction, assessment, etc.