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LehrBar Spezial - Austausch unter Lehrenden

Bringing Scholarship to Teaching: Using Evidence of Student Learning

Impulse: Leah Shopkow (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)

02. Juni 2016, 16:00 bis 18:00 Uhr, X-A2-103

Evidence is the element we swim in as scholars. We experiment to obtain it. We read books in foreign and sometimes obscure languages to get it. We use digital tools to gather it. We demand it in the scholarship we read and we reject claims that cannot be substantiated by it. However, in teaching we often don´t think about evidence. We generate considerable evidence about student learning in our classrooms - student essays and research papers, lab reports and examinations - yet we are not very effective in using this evidence to improve our understanding of teaching and learning. However, without evidence it is difficult to address the central issue of teaching: what we want students to know and to be able to do and how we can tell whether and how well students know it and are able to do it.

In this presentation, we will discuss some of the different sorts of evidence we collect or might collect about student learning; the challenges and opportunities each kind of evidence presents; and how we can use evidence to refine our teaching. Participants are encouraged to bring some examples of student work with them for analysis. Bring a range of student work, but do include weak student work, which can be particularly useful.

LehrBar spezial - Teaching staff at Bielefeld University exchange their experiences of teaching and learning. It is a casual meeting with coffee and cake.

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