Weekly News and Tip, April 24, 2008

Tip - Creating Effective Multiple-Choice Exams
It’s great to create rigorous, useful assessment exams for your students, but can you do this in large courses where machine-scored tests are a necessity? In a word, yes! There are many resources available to help you design effective and pedagogically sound multiple-choice exams. Introduction to Test Writing Tips.
Ideas on when and how to use multiple-choice tests.
Suggestions on ways to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in creating multiple-choice exams.

Announcements - CELT Programming
Register for CELT events via AccessPlus (go to the Employee tab, then to HRS Training > Continue > Courses).

  • Join us for the final Learning Technologies workshop of the semester. WebCT GOLD: Managing Students and Grades will be tomorrow, Friday, April 25, from 9-10:30 a.m. in 1230 Communications.
  • Hear from faculty involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning at the next installment of the SoTL Institute: Outcomes and Updates, Wednesday, April 30, 12:10-1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill. All are welcome, but please register so that we can plan for refreshments.

Special Announcement - Please Promote Student Survey

  • This spring, a random sample of 2,500 ISU freshmen and 2,500 seniors were invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Understanding student engagement will help us improve our programs, services, and learning efforts. Please encourage any students who received an email invitation to participate in the NSSE survey and have not yet responded, to please do so today!
    More information about NSSE.

FYI - Last Week for Morrill Act Display; Session on P&S Retention Grants
  • There are only a few days left to view The Morrill Act of 1862 at the Christian Petersen Art Museum. Today from 7-7:30 p.m. in 2019 Morrill there will be a screening of the film Democracy’s College, about ISU as a land grant institution. Museum doors open at 6. On Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. all are invited to play Sesquicentennial Jeopardy at the Christian Petersen Art Museum. Don’t worry -answering in the form of a question is not required! Doors open at 1 p.m.
  • An Open Forum sponsored by the Professional & Scientific Council will showcase projects that received 2007-08 Retention & Recruitment Grants. A poster session begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 2, in the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center classroom facilities. A panel discussion, "Retention Through Innovation and Collaboration," will begin at 12:10 p.m. and include John H. Schuh, Professor, ELPS; Mary Jo Gonzales, Associate Dean of Students and Director, Academic Success Center; and Tom Brumm, Associate Professor, ABE. Light refreshments and door prizes. Questions? Contact Marie Mayer, 4-2787.

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