Monday, March 4, 2013

Testing Constraints

Testing Constraints

  • Closed text book test, and no notes.
  • Three formats of test for entire classroom which has the same material, with different questions.
  • Pressure test: Timed at five minutes.


Grading Rubric for Questions Three and Four 

3.) In the picture, which God is pictured below

Short Answer: correct answer is "Shiva"

Remember: Picture and/or statue of the God Shiva
Understand: Always has a third eye and peacock feathers
Apply: Figure of Shiva as one of the Gods

4.) In an essay format, in a minimum of five sentences  what are the differences of each God and how do they coexist to support the universe? Correct answer is: "Vishnu sustains the universe, Brahma creates the universe and Shiva destroys the universe". "Gods coexist because in order for there to be creation, there must be destruction. In order for creation there must be sustainability before destruction".

Remember: Vishnu as a sustainer, Brahma as a creator, and Shiva as a destroyer.
Understand: In order for creation, there must be destruction to make room for new creation. Also, creation has to be allowed to serve its purpose and be sustained until no longer needed.
Apply: Sustainable, Creation, Destruction.

Satisfactory: Student remembers, understands and applies all concepts.
Improvement: Student achieves two of the three needed for satisfactory assessment
Unsatisfactory: Student does not achieve any of the three needed for satisfactory assessment.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Test Items

EDU645: Learning and Assessment
in the 21st Century 
Three Test Items for the 12th Grade Introduction to World Religion Class

Since clear learning outcomes and objectives have been established, relevant testing items are prepared to measure each student's comprehension, evaluation and application of the objectives. Format is crucial so that it measures the students knowledge on the subject and making sure they are valid and reliable along the way.

Three test items that will measure student learning outcomes from above will include the following:

1.) The Trimurti consists of which three Gods?
      A. Shiva, Hanuman, Vishnu
      B. Vitthal, Brahma, Shiva
      C. Ganesha, Kali, Vishnu
      D. Brahama, Vishnu, Shiva
      E. Bhudda, Shiva, Vishnu

2.) Identify each Trimurti God with what they stand for by matching:

     Shiva ___                                          A) Destruction
     Vishnu___                                         B) Creation
     Brahma___                                       C)  Sustains
                                                              D)  Meditates

3.) In a short answer, which God is pictured below?


4.) In an essay format, in a minimum of five sentences, what are the differences of each God, and how do they coexist to support the universe?

This concludes the test items. The essay question covers the last learning outcome and objective. Students will be able to put how the three Gods of the Trimurti coexist and keep the universe sustained in their own words. This will show the educator how students comprehend the information and the apply it.

Combs, K.L., Gibson, S.K., Hays, J.M., Saly, J., & Wendt, J.T. (2008).  enhancing curriculum and delivery: linking assessment to learning objectives.  Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 33(1), pp.87-102.

Kubiszyn, T. & Borich, G. D. (2010), Educational testing and measurement: Classroom application and practice (9th ed.). United States: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Learning Outcomes

EDU645: Learning and Assessment
for the 21st Centruy

Three Learning Outcomes for the 12th Grade Introduction to World Religion Class

All Religions

Tests and assessments are valuable tools to help gauge a students progress as well as a meter as to how the teacher is performing. This should not be the only factor considered by any means however. Objectives and learning outcomes must be precise and clear from the beginning (Kubiszyn & Borich, 2012). This is the first and foremost step in being able to create a reliable assessment test to measure students acquirement of knowledge to include comprehension, analysis, evaluation, inference and application of the material (Kubiszyn & Borich, 2012) . To create a true and valid image of a students progress, an assessment must include each and every objective and learning outcome to be successful (Combs, Gibson, Hays, Saly & Wendt, 2008). In world religion studies, it is important that student grasp the understanding of the nation, culture and traditions from each religion in order to see how religions truly do merge and spring forth from one another. Below are three learning outcomes for the first world religion, Hinduism:

1.) Student will learn the meaning of the Trimurti (the three Gods) of Hinduism

Lord Shiva, one of the Three Gods of the Trimurti
2.) Student will be able to identify and comprehend each of the three Gods of the Trimurti (Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva) and their separate reasons for being.

3.) Student will be able to evaluate and apply the differences of each God and then why all three god's must coexist together in order for life and the universe to continue.

Once clear and precise objectives and learning outcomes are properly defined, an educator can then move on to making a valid and proper assessment to test the learning outcomes. To be continued in week 3.

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