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Practical Solutions for Faculty: Assessing Learning

For faculty looking to improve assessments and feedback to help students better succeed, this Magna Online Course provides practical solutions from experienced educators who understand the time restraints you face. 

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1-4 people$199 per person
5-9 people$119 per person
10-19 people$109 per person
20-39 people$89 per person
Group Enrollment discounts are applied in the cart.

Summer Enrichment Course


Session 1: June 12, 2022 – July 30, 2022

Session 2: July 31, 2022 – September 17, 2022


Assessing student learning is an essential part of any college-level class, yet it can be stressful for students and time consuming for faculty. Assessing learning is not just about giving students an exam. It’s about measuring learning throughout the course, helping students retain course content as they learn it, and providing meaningful and valuable feedback on assignments and exams.

Practical Solutions for Faculty: Assessing Learning is your guide to helping students succeed through meaningful assignments, well-written assessments, and thought-provoking feedback.

Practical Solutions for Faculty: Assessing Learning is an 8.5 hour course that begins with strategies to create a culture of excellence and foster intrinsic motivation. You’ll also be introduced to teaching practices directed to improving cognition and retention as well as guidance in creating assignments and exams to assess learning. Finally, you’ll receive proven advice on not only simplifying the grading process, but also how to maximize feedback to impact learning.

Help students master your content! Learn from your brilliant colleagues who have been there before and get the tools to succeed with Practical Solutions for Faculty: Assessing Learning!

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Learning Goals

After completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Customize academic-integrity strategies to the discipline taught and level of rigor expected of learners
  • Adopt academic-integrity strategies to create and sustain a climate of ethical behavior
  • Understand why reusing your old exams is a big mistake
  • Have effective strategies for discouraging cheating on assignments
  • Construct an assessment system designed to promote mastery learning and reduce cheating
  • Reframe or redesign courses to foster intrinsic motivation and reduce the incentive to cheat
  • Incorporate frequent, low-stakes assessments that will create deeper learning and increase student self-efficacy, thereby reducing the incentive to cheat
  • Encourage communication and honesty in your students
  • Define metacognition and explain its role in learning
  • Identify how microactivities might be integrated into your class
  • Create multiple-choice questions that effectively target different cognitive levels
  • Write multiple-choice questions that trigger retrieval learning processes that are known to enhance later recall
  • Understand assessment as a holistic, transformative, and authentic means to enhance student learning
  • Develop specific strategies for authentic assessments
  • Design tests and quizzes to elicit honest responses from students
  • Apply principles of positive psychology and neuroscience to create a climate of academic honesty for individual assessments
  • Optimize feedback provided to students while being strategic about the time invested in grading
  • Create activities to be used in the classroom that reduce the need for individual grading
  • Restructure feedback to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes
  • Improve the effectiveness of standardized testing by re-conceptualizing the post-exam review into a powerful teaching and learning tool
  • Investigate the benefits of classroom teaching through post-exam reviews to deepen student learning
  • Identify curricular designs that support the integration of post-exam reviews into course design

How It Works:

  • Select your preferred session date.
  • Prior to the start of the course, participants will receive an email with information on accessing the online course.
  • Participants can work through the course at their own pace. Participants can also review information in a previous unit as well as read supplemental materials and watch the accompanying videos as many times as they like within their selected session date.
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will take an assessment to gauge learning.
  • At the end of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

What’s Included:

  • Video programs
  • Unit and final assessments
  • Transcripts of all video programs
  • Program slides for note taking
  • Supplemental readings and activities
  • Certificate of Completion for the course

Group Enrollment:

Discount pricing is available for multiple seats purchased at the same time.

For 10 or more seats, please contact Magna Sales at or call 800-433-0499 ext. 183 to receive a customized quote.

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Session 1 Product Code: PO22LA

Session 2 Product Code: PO22QA


Meet Your Presenters

Ken Alford, PhD
Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

Oliver Dreon, PhD
Professor, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Lauren Hays, PhD
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, University of Central Missouri

James M. Lang, PhD
Professor of English & Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Assumption College

Maria Marconi, EdD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Rochester

Wren Mills, PhD
Pedagogical Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University

Amy B. Mulnix, PhD
Director of the Faculty Center, Franklin and Marshall College

Gary Pavela, JD
Faculty, Syracuse University

Danielle Schwinn
Instructional Design and Technology Consultant, Central Community College

Jim Sibley
Director, Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Columbia

Michael G. Strawser, PhD
Assistant Professor and Founder, Legacy Communication Training and Consulting LLC

Thomas Tobin, PhD
Program Area Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Maryellen Weimer, PhD
Professor Emerita, Penn State Berks

Purchase Options

Group Enrollment Pricing
1-4 people$199 per person
5-9 people$119 per person
10-19 people$109 per person
20-39 people$89 per person
Group Enrollment discounts are applied in the cart.

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