“Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent students do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds”.
- Diane Ravitch, Educational Historian.
Every semester we engage Georgia Tech students in a variety of assessment experiences that are intended to determine what they have learned. For a number of these students, however, our assessments fall short of their goal. Whether it’s due to language differences or to the fact that their brains are wired differently, many students don’t get a chance to fully demonstrate what they know—and we don’t get a chance to find out the impact of our teaching.
How common is this experience? It may surprise you to learn that neurodivergent-related accommodations are now the most frequent accommodation type at Georgia Tech. Regardless of whether you’re teaching to the highly diverse student population of an online at-scale course or you’re teaching a small class of residential students, you are likely to encounter students who require more diversity in assessment if you want to truly evaluate their learning experience.
Although the thought of providing multiple types of assessments can be overwhelming, technology can be a great help. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of technologies such as Gradescope and Kaltura that will make it easier for you to create, collect, and provide feedback on assessments that allow for multiple means of action and expression. We will discuss how the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can aid us in creating assessments that allow every student to demonstrate their learning. And we will hear from hear from Anne Jannarone, Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Disability Services, about neurodivergent students at Georgia Tech and what resources are available to you.
Join us and learn first-hand about multiple means of assessment and the technologies that make this process possible. Bring your laptop to explore examples during hands-on activities, or simply follow along with someone at your table. Whether you’re teaching large diverse populations in the online OMS program or an array of students in a face-to-face course on campus, there are ways that both you and your students can benefit from multiple means of assessment. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!
Time: Thursday, March 5, 2019, 11:30am - 1pm
Location: Student Center, Piedmont Room (lunch provided)
Laptop Suggested: It is recommended to bring a laptop computer or similar device in order to participate in some of the hands-on activities.