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Faculty Resources

Constructing a well-written test can be a very demanding task for an instructor. “If you are a typical college professor, you may not be aware of some of the pitfalls that regularly occur in testing... Learn to use effectively various test items such as multiple-choice and essay questions. Know their format, strength and limitations, and also some suggestions for writing them.” Other topics of links include teaching tips and helpful resources as well as the issues regarding student evaluation of teachers.

Strategies for Preparing Better Tests

  • How to Prepare Better Tests: “How good are your tests... If you are a typical college professor, you may not be aware of some of the pitfalls that regularly occur in testing. This booklet will help you determine if your test needs improvement and will provide suggestions for making your test more effectively.” - University of Buffalo
  • How to Prepare Better Multiple-Choice Test Items: Learn to construct well-written multiple-choices questions by knowing how to use them appropriately, identify the common flaws and correct them. - Brigham Young University
  • Preparing Effective Essay Questions: Learn to discern “the often difficult to see characteristics of essay questions and to support educators in the development and use of essay questions.” - Brigham Young University
  • IDEA Paper No. 16-Improving Multiple-Choice Tests: “....tendency in course examinations is to pose the question 'How much do you remember of what has been covered?' rather than 'What can you do with what you have learned?' Learn more about the 'techniques for writing specific type of items and some guidelines for general test construction.'” - Kansas University
  • Improving Your Test Questions: Learn to use effectively various test items such as multiple-choice and essay questions. Know their format, strength and limitations, and also some suggestions for writing them. - Illinois University

Teaching Tips & Assessment

  • Center for the Advancement of Teaching: Includes excellent teaching tips and numerous helpful links and resources. ISU has been well-known as a center for “faculty from other community colleges and other educational institutions.to exchange expertise and challenge one another to a new level of teaching excellence.” - George Washington University
  • Center for Instructional Design & Development: “Offers excellent guides for creating a new course and its syllabus, or for creating an effective instructional website through the information technologies available today. Also offers an excellent course assessment toolkit” - State of Tennessee Department of Education
  • IU Teaching Handbook: Addresses various teaching issues ranging from course planning to instructional methodologies to the creation of a positive classroom environment. Interesting topics include the issue of professionalism, diversity, civility and ethics. - Indiana University
  • Teaching Resources: “Offers resources for current issues in instruction such as difficult classroom issues, discussion strategies, motivating students, copyright and student assessment.” - University of Georgia
  • Enhancing Learning...Through Cooperative Learning: Having difficulty “enhancing critical thinking, encouraging self-esteem and acceptance of others, improving interpersonal effectiveness (team skills)?” Learn more about how you as a teacher can overcome these challenges. - Kansas University
  • Helping Student Develop Critical Thinking: How can I as a teacher improve the development and assessment of students' thinking skills? What are the steps for better thinking? How can I understand the pattern of thinking skills? What are theoretical and empirical underpinnings? How can I design appropriate educational experiences? - Kansas University
  • Teaching Strategies and Disciplinary Resources: Addresses various issues in instruction such as academic inactivity and integrity, testing and grading, multiculturalism and cooperative learning. - University of Michigan

Articles on Student Evaluation of Teachers

  • Doubt on Value of Student Evaluations of Professor: Discusses the issues regarding student evaluation of teachers: (1) its reliability and effects on teachers'performance, and (2) various responses to the subject. - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Research Regarding Student Ratings: Presents general and individual student ratings of courses, teachers, administrators, and other students. Also discusses about their use, reliability and validity. - University of Illinois
  • Supporting Data: Collection and Presentation: “Student ratings of instruction are a valid index of instructional effectiveness.student evaluation data.can stand to round off a picture of a candidate's teaching quality when presented in relationship to peer data and data supplied from the candidate's own perspective.” - Cornell University
  • The Professional Evaluation of Teaching: “There is less agreement on how we should evaluate teaching for... improvement or judgment. What are appropriate professional approaches...?” - American Council of Learned Societies
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