February 2009

Assessment in Higher Education:
Planning Assessment
This fourth installment in our Assessment in Higher Education series focuses on planning assessment strategies, such as grading exams, participation, and papers. Before we begin, let’s review Shulman’s ‘Seven Pillars of Assessment for Accountability'…


TAP Workshops in February

Active Learning
Date: Thursday, February 5
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Teaching Non-majors
Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Learning Outcomes: What Do You Want
Your Students to Get Out of the Class?

Date: Monday, February 16
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Careers in Academe in this Economy
Date: Wednesday, February 18
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Small Group Work
Date: Monday, February 23
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Designing Multiple-choice Exams
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Busch Campus Center, room 122AB

Other workshops in February
Career Services



Ask a TA:
Determining and Evaluating Teaching Levels
This month’s ‘Ask a TA’ is in response to a recently received question:

I feel like I’m having to explain things over and over again to my students. I don’t know what to do! Do I have to explain everything ten times? It's especially frustrating when I see them not making an effort to pay attention during class. They are giving me a headache!

This is not an uncommon issue to have in a class, and there are several ways…


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