PDT103 - Testing and Evaluating Learning

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Subject Title
Testing and Evaluating Learning

Subject Description
This module provides participants with the skills and knowledge to test and evaluate student achievement in an adult learning environment. The focus is on developing skills in choosing appropriate testing methods, creating testing instruments and assigning marks with a systematic grading system. Extensive time is allotted for participants to practice these skills during the session.

Credit Status
This subject is a credit towards the Excellence in Educating Adults Recognition of Achievement program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Select appropriately from a variety of testing methods to assess learner knowledge, comprehension, analytical and application skills.

2. Design and administer modes of evaluation (quizzes, tests, examination questions, individual/group presentation, case studies and others) to assess, verify or measure learning outcomes for a subject.

3. Assign marks based on an appropriate grading system that reflects the importance and time devoted to each learning outcome.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

1.   Why Bother to Test?
2.   Tests, exams, quizzes - What's the Difference?
3.   General Testing Strategies
4.   9 types of Tests - Advantages/Disadvantages
5.   Developing Tests
6.   Alternative Testing Methods
7.   Constructing Effective Exams
8.   Planning a Marking System
9.   Where do We go From Here?
10.  Rubics 

Mode of Instruction

1.  A six hour workshop.
2.  In-class discussions, group discussions, and skills application and practice.
3.  Assigned readings.
4.  A written post-module assignment.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

The assignment is to be completed within 2 weeks following the module.  Details to be provided in class.

Approved by: Sandra Noble