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Sign up by midnight Wednesday and gain course access at 8 a.m. the following Sunday. You then have four weeks to finish the course by the fourth Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Allow 3-4 weeks after course ends to receive your transcript. Graduate credit is through Drake University.

If you have any questions or would like to pay with a check, please contact or call 800-392-0236, Ext. 623.

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Giving Better & Faster Feedback in the Classroom

Self-paced, 4-week course

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Course Description:
“Students can learn without grades, but they can’t learn without the formative assessment and the timely, descriptive feedback that comes from it.”       --Wormeli

Are you using formative assessment in your classroom? Is it effective? Is it impacting student achievement? Is your feedback timely and descriptive? Do you wish you could find ways to give better & faster feedback? If so, this course is for you!

The purpose of this course is to introduce teachers to using technology to conduct formative assessments in the classroom. Teachers will learn about effective formative assessment practices, create their own formative assessments aligned to their content, and finally, create lesson plans that include formative assessments using tech tools. Teachers will gain experience on a variety of technology tools to support the creation of formative assessments, participate in active discussions about the instructional purpose and goals of formative assessment, and learn how to make instructional decisions from the data collected. A variety of formative assessment tools will be demonstrated and discussed with time given for participants to create lesson plans to be used in their classrooms.

SPECIAL NOTE: You must have access to Google Apps for this course. You can access many of the tech tools via your personal Google account if your school is not a Google Apps for Education school. Click here to create a Gmail account if you don’t have a personal account - Sign up for a Google Account

Credit: 2 graduate credit hours

This 2-credit, 4-week course is entirely self-paced. Participants who sign up by Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. will be granted access at 8 a.m. the Sunday following that Wednesday and will finish the course on a Sunday by 11:59 p.m. after the four weeks has concluded. If participants sign up after 4:00 p.m. on a Wednesday, they may not be granted access to the course until a week from the Sunday that follows their registration. The instructor will email with instructions on how to begin the class. All assignments, discussions, and final project work are due at end of the 4-week course in order to receive credit for the course. The participant should expect to receive a transcript for graduate credit 3-4 weeks after the course is completed. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE COURSE TO TRY TO COMPLETE EVERYTHING.

Click here to download the course syllabus.           


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