Using Adult Learning Principles To Create Effective Assessment Techniques
“Evaluation is the process of “using measurement to describe a learner’s achievement and to make recommendations for additional learning activities” (Moran, 2001, p. 11). Here, instructors seek to use information provided in the assessment process to determine how well learning is taking place and make modifications in future learning activities. That process may be formalized by making plans and developing an outline, or it may happen informally as instructors think about and reflect on the learning outcomes and means of improving them. Effective evaluation is best done when the instructor and learner establish strong and meaningful objectives, activities that will meet those objectives, and measurements to assure that the learner has met those objectives.” – Jim Berger, Ph.D.
In this webinar participants will be exposed to basic adult learning principles, the creation of activities based on those principles, and the use of varying assessment techniques. Starting from Bloom’s Taxonomy and its revision by Alexander et al., participants will be shown a variety of approaches that can be used as assessment in formal, informal, formative or summative ways. A variety of assessment techniques will be provided and discussion will focus on how such techniques can be used to improve feedback from learners in face-to-face, blended, and online classes. Participants will be provided handouts and resources to help them develop their own assessment approaches for use in their respective classrooms.
- List at least three adult learning principles
- Identify the differences between formative and summative assessments
- Describe five assessment approaches for use in the classroom/online environment
- Compare/contrast the various levels of the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.
- Describe the assessment cycle for assignments
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
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- Online Learning Administrators & Staff
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- Any educator interested in interested in assessing student learning using adult learning principles
“Working with adult learners requires a different mindset and approach from that used with other types of college students. As such, assessment is a critical function when working with this population. It is imperative that instructors develop well-defined plans and then execute those plans conscientiously, always being mindful of individual differences. Assessment truly is the key to success with adult learners.”
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including student learning and development, leadership, standardized testing, diversity and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training programs on a variety of topics centered on change management.
“Effective teaching begins with designing meaningful objectives and ends with evaluating whether those objectives have been met. Good instructors know to develop the objectives and assessment at the same time and ensure that each step along the teaching path refers back to the objectives set at the beginning of the process. However, assessment and evaluation cannot be applied haphazardly or sporadically. Effective evaluation of adult learning must be planned and implemented using a purposeful approach.”
Dr. Jim Berger is a Professor and Coordinator of the master’s degree program in Adult Education at Western Kentucky University. He has been teaching in higher education for fifteen years and helped spearhead the establishment and opening of Adult Learner Services on WKU’s campus and continues to provide guidance and direction for that initiative. He regularly presents at national and international conferences on topics related to adult learners and the services provided to them and has published over thirty manuscripts related to teaching adults and higher education.
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