Assessment at scale: challenges and opportunities in assessment in large and small statistics courses

Presented by:

Julian L Parris, SAS Institute/JMP, UCSD


Formative and summative assessments are not only necessary but pedagogically valuable components of any statistics course. But, in large courses in statistics it is not usually feasible to provide detailed, individualized feedback for formative assessments, and often instructors resort to less than optimal testing strategies for summative assessments due to lack of resources in grading and tight timelines for finalizing course grades. In this session we will discuss and demonstrate: a) ways to use technology to enable instructors to provide valuable feedback from formative assessments even in large statistics courses; and b) methods of summative assessment that utilize authentic engagement with statistics and analysis but do not require considerable resources for grading.


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