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Assessment Course: Measuring Student Learning

» Application Period: January 15, 2016 – March 1, 2016
» Assessment Course: July 19-21, 2016 | North Bethesda, MD


“This institute was transforming for me. I greatly appreciate the hard work of staff and facilitators. As I continue to improve, I hope that I can encourage others to attend and expand the community of transformed educators.”

- 2011 Assessment Scholar


2015 Assessment Course Steering Committee

Carol Hurney, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Sarah Ades, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Gail Begley, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Bryan Dewsbury, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Jordan Moberg Parker
, University of California, Los Angeles, CA



The Assessment Course seeks biologists who utilize varied teaching strategies in their classrooms and laboratories and are motivated to design courses and assessments to maximize student learning.  Competitive applicants are individuals who are asking questions about the purpose of their courses AND the effectiveness of their course assessments.

The Assessment Course is comprised of key training components including several online pre-assignments, a three-day face-to-face meeting, specialized peer mentoring, and post-institute follow-up.


Course Goals

The overall goals of the Assessment Course are to:

Develop measurable learning outcomes for courses or course modules grounded in research on teaching and learning
Implement, integrate, and align assessment strategies with course learning outcomes
Create a community of practitioners to sustain improvements in teaching and learning


The face-to-face meeting of Assessment Scholars is the Measuring Student Learning Institute, a three-day training session held in the summer just before the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE; located at the same hotel).  The face-to-face meeting has its own unique set of goals:

Develop measurable learning outcomes grounded in research on how people learn
Develop formative and summative assessments that align with course learning outcomes
Develop teaching methods or approaches that align with learning goals and assessments
Modify or implement pedagogies to enhance student learning
Integrate learning goals, assessment strategies and pedagogies that maximize student learning
Foster networks to sustain improvements in teaching and learning

The Course organizers have compiled a collection of articles and resources for Assessment Scholars, which will be used during the Institute and in follow-up assignments.  Consider reviewing the research and progress made in the field of scholarship and teaching before applying.


Want to learn more? Review the Assessment Course Syllabus and Application Requirements today!

  • What Past Participants Have to Say…

    Participating in the Scholars program has been the single most best and most influential decision that I have made in my teaching career. […] There is no value that you can place on knowing other like-minded individuals who are caring, sharing, and willing to help each other to succeed.”

     – 2009 Research & 2011 Transitions Scholar

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