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Assessment Workshops

The Center for Assessment and Research Studies offers workshops on a variety of assessment-related issues and topics.  These workshops can be held either at the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, or at another location.  The presentation portion of the workshop generally lasts for 30 minutes, leaving 30 minutes for discussion or activities.

Our most-requested workshops include:

  • The Assessment Process – We introduce to assessment, and provide an overview of the assessment process, as well as examples of well-designed assessment plans.
  • Writing Goals and Objectives – We assist you in defining your program, and in explicitly describing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes students develop as a result of your program.
  • Selecting Instruments – We describe what types of instruments can be used to measure student learning and development, and where one can find these instruments.
  • Writing Multiple Choice Tests – We cover covers tips for creating well-written multiple choice items.
  • Writing Performance Assessments and Scoring Rubrics – We describe the different types of performance assessments (e.g., oral tests, portfolios) often used in program assessment, and how to grade these assessments reliably.
  • Analyzing Test Data – We will describe the basics of analyzing and interpreting test data.

PASS consultants also deliver workshops on the following topics:
Academic Program Review at JMU
Completing the JMU Assessment Progress Template (APT)
Using Microsoft Access for data management
Analyzing Data
Assessing Higher Order Thinking
Assessment at JMU
Assessment Consulting
Career Counseling Assessment
General Education Cluster Assessment & Analyses
Using Microsoft Excel PivotTables for Assessment
Finding Pre-Existing Instruments
Institutional Pathways to Assessment
Instruments & Scales
Item Analysis
Item Writing - For Innovative Assessments
PASS Overview
Performance Assessments and Rubrics
Qualitative Data Analysis
Sample Assessments and Reports from Other Assessment Programs
WebSurveyor & JMU Assessment
Writing Objectives
Writing Assessment Reports

Don't see what you're looking for?  Contact PASS to request a custom assessment workshop that will be tailored to your program's unique assessment needs.




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