Course Assessment Tools
When assessing the efficacy of the ANA-POGIL materials in your classroom, there are a number of things to consider:
What types of things do you want to assess?
These could include such things as knowledge, metacognition, attitudes, communication skills, etc.
Whom do you want input from?
You should certainly include self-assessment and student-assessment, but you may also want to include some peer-assessment.
When do you want to collect data?
This could be once or twice during the semester, or a continual process.
What do you want to do with the data?
- Use it to improve and/or assess my classroom. This does not require any kind of special approval.
- Share the results with colleagues (any kind of dissemination including presentations or publications). This requires you to obtain human subjects approval from your Institutional Review Board (IRB) before collecting data. Much of this type of data collection has exempt or expedited status, but you must still get official approval. If you aren't familiar with your institution's IRB, you may want to contact your grants office or a colleague in psychology.
Most of these assessment issues are discussed in detail in the Assessment Handbook.
Some assessment tools that you may find particularly useful are listed below.
- For a mid semester or end of the semester assessment of student perceptions regarding the ANA-POGIL materials, consider using a Learning Gains assessment which may be entered into a SALG interface for ease of data collection and analysis. The sample survey was developed for use by the ANA-POGIL project.
- The ACS Exams Institute provides nationally normed content exams that will allow you to compare student knowledge before and after implementation as well as semester to semester as you change your implementation of the materials.
- The CHEMX inventory provides a way to measure the cognitive expectations students have for learning chemistry.
- The Chemistry Attitudes and Experiences Questionnaire is another survey of student attitudes towards learning chemistry. It also assesses student confidence in a variety of chemistry related skills. You can learn more about it here.