Frameworks for Creating a Positive Assessment Culture

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This workshop focuses on the power of scoring criteria to create pedagogical intention. Dr. Dana Carmichael will share her recent work on Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) used in K-12 educational reform in select states in the Midwest, USA. AIW is a powerful framework that when used reflectively, increases the intellectual quality of teaching and assessment resulting in better student work and increased student performance.

Dr. Juanita Ikuta will share another powerful framework used at the university level, which increases academic rigor and generates clarity and intentionality between benchmarks and outcomes. Establishing common outcome performance expectations across faculty is essential to building assessments that lead to reliable and valid judgments about a degree program’s effectiveness. The moderation framework consists of a synchronous meeting in which faculty collectively assesses a representative learner’s demonstration of the outcomes, share their assessments with one another, and discuss points of consensus and disagreement about performance expectations. The goal of this framework is to reveal differences in performance expectations and resolve these differences to increase the reliability of the outcome assessments.

Carmichael and Ikuta will split the audience into groups focusing on k-12 and higher education and then will spend time over viewing the frameworks.


Keywords: Assessment Frameworks, Positive Culture
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Juanita Mary Ikuta-Schodde

Assessment Specialist, Assessment and Institutional Research, Capella University
Minneaplis, MN, USA

Dr. Juanita Ikuta is an Assessment Specialist for the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research. Her responsibilities include assisting in the development and implementation of university-, school- and program-level assessment initiatives including work on the Leaning Outcomes Transparency project. Her work also includes collaboration to develop and support program learning outcomes and assessment plans. She has a PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.

Dr. Dana Carmichael

Founder, Dynamic Learning Consulting
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Founder of Dynamic Learning Consulting, Dr. Dana Carmichael, has over 20 years experience as a teacher, curriculum specialist, project leader, and staff development director. She and her team are committed to helping more students learn through teacher development and team building.

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