Faculty Assessor Training (Applied Sciences and General Education)
Join us for a day-long workshop where faculty will be trained to assess portfolios as a method of prior learning assessment.
Topics will include:
- PLA principles of good practice in action
- Differences between assessing portfolios and classroom assignments
- Recognizing multiple pathways to achieving course learning outcomes
- Providing clear and supportive feedback to students
- Applying key quality standards in the context of portfolio assessment
- Conducting performance demonstrations for quality and equity
- Creating challenge exams
Opportunities for participants to use cases and scenarios to explore portfolio assessment and practice exercises using student-developed portfolios will be available. Participants will refine the skills and understanding necessary for portfolio assessment through interaction in a large group setting as well as through both individual and small group exercises. The workshop will also provide demonstration and practice in writing protocols or rubrics to guide the faculty assessor in preparing a skills demonstration exercise, administering the exercise, and evaluating the student’s level of ability. Emphasis is given to the importance of systematic management of performance demonstrations to ensure equitable services for students and consistent quality in assessment decisions and credit awards. Participants will also practice evaluating and revising existing final exams so they can be fairly and effectively used in PLA as challenge exams.
Faculty will be required to listen to a recorded webinar prior to the session and after the session, will be provided an opportunity to take an exam to become a Qualified Assessor with CAEL.