Below you will find the types of assessments that will be utilized in this course and the rationale behind their use:

Authentic Assessment:

  • Independent Research Project

Formative Assessment:

  • Guided Laboratories
  • Discussion
  • Quizzes
  • Dropbox Assignments
  • Case Studies
  • ePortfolio
  • Glossary of terms
  • Group Work

Instructional design that incorporates active participation and real world assessments has been shown to be the most effective.  The authentic assessment of generating an independent research product will be an important component throughout the course and be the driving force behind the objective of scientific literacy.  This work will be done in combination with guided laboratories that will highlight specific skill sets as well as the concepts of hypothesis generation and experimental design.

An ePortfolio will be utilized to document the independent research project, glossary of terms, and case studies.  Each module supported by the case study will be focused on a specific real world problem, such as module 3 entitled “Understanding Cancer”.  The discussion component will allow students to explore controversial topics in greater depth, develop abilities in accountable talk or constructive criticism, and further develop thoughts in a public forum.  The case studies in particular will emphasize group work and employ methods such as the jigsaw method as well as cycles of feedback from the individual to the group to the facilitator.  Finally, the student generated glossary of terms and quizzes will help solidify course content and may be followed up with summative assessments if needed.

The following is an example of an assessment rubric for a mindmap activity which will follow up an active game based laboratory component on the cell cycle:

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Maria Guillily, PhD