Timely Topics in Assessment

Join CTAL and our guest facilitators for a series of engaging discussions on timely topics in course-level assessment. Find session details, including registration links, by clicking on the toggled titles below.

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  1. To promote community and collaboration (through online chat, breakout sessions, and real-time discussion)
  2. To address timely topics in the assessment of learning
  3. To grow a culture of evidence-based assessment practice for UD instructors and Faculty Commons partners

Spring 2022 Events

March 4 (3:30-5pm) - Writing Meaningful Test/Quiz Questions

Facilitator: Sarah Dalrymple & Teresa Focarile (Boise State University)
Mode: Virtual (Zoom)

Tests and quizzes are commonly used to assess student learning in many disciplines due, in part, to the relative ease with which they can be graded compared to other kinds of assessments. However, it can be challenging to develop test questions that meaningfully assess student learning/skills at higher cognitive levels (e.g., application, analysis, or evaluation) in a fair and equitable way. During the session we will discuss strategies for writing good multiple choice questions, highlight the importance of aligning test questions with learning outcomes, and discuss a strategy to increase the transparency of the test-writing process for students. You will leave the session with practical strategies that you can readily apply in your own courses.


Sarah Dalrymple is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Boise State’s Department of Biological Sciences, and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to joining the Boise State faculty in Fall 2016, Sarah taught biology at Arizona State University and the University of Tennessee. Her scholarly work related to teaching has focused on pedagogical professional development for graduate students. At the CTL, she coordinates the MAP (mid-term assessment process) program and co-facilitates the Designing for Student Success Faculty Learning Community. 

Teresa Focarile is the Associate Director for Educational Development in Boise State’s Center for Teaching and Learning, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing. She has taught at the college level for 16 years, the past ten for Boise State, and the previous six for the University of Connecticut. Her scholarly work has focused on best practices for supporting adjunct faculty. At the CTL, she supports a variety of CTL and University-wide programs, including Program Assessment Reporting and the Course Design Institute.

April 8 (3:30-5pm) - Going for the Gold: Assessing Team Projects

Facilitator: Tami Eggleston (McKendree University)
Mode: Virtual (Zoom)

Although many of us understand the value of having group or team projects in our classes, developing and assessing these projects can be challenging. Sport psychologists have long identified team building as essential to effective group work.  Groups of students do not become teams without dedicating time to “form, storm, norm, and perform” (Tuckman, 1965).  And the final step of “adjourn” must include solid assessment activities that are holistic and equitable.  This engaging session will leave you with specific ideas to improve your team projects and motivated to put them in play.


Tami Eggleston is the provost and a professor of psychology at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. Tami has been at McKendree University since 1996. She is also a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) peer reviewer. She regularly presents and consults about teaching, technology, sport psychology, and assessment at various conferences and campuses. Tami enjoys helping people find specific, practical strategies that truly make a difference in student learning. Tami loves to teach face-to-face, online, or in blended classes.  Tami has taught almost every course in the psychology curriculum including introduction to psychology, sport psychology, research methods, and social psychology. Tami has won various teaching awards including the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award and the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) Teaching and Technology Award. Her goal in teaching, presenting, or consulting is to educate, engage, and inspire.

May 6 (3:30-5pm) - Equity-centered practices for curriculum and assessment design

Facilitator:  Mamta Saxena (Northeastern University)
Mode: Virtual (Zoom)

The subject of equity in education predates the pandemic. Institutions are striving for equitable curriculum design and assessment practices that are transparent, transformative, and a place of inclusive and informed dialogue. However, embedding equity in teaching and learning practices requires us to partake in a self-reflective journey to examine institutional practices, policies, and culture in the context of power, positionality, agency, and voice for all stakeholders (including faculty, parents, students, society). Participants in this session will explore practical strategies for equity-centered assessments at the institution, program, and course level.


Dr. Mamta Saxena is the Assistant Dean of Academic Quality and Assessment at the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. In this position, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership to advance a culture of continuous improvement, academic quality, and innovation at the college. Before joining Northeastern, Mamta led the instructional design team at Southern New Hampshire University where she provided quality oversight, coaching, best practices, and supervision of the instructional design team needs for effective course delivery and evaluation. Prior to this, she has worked in corporate and academic settings to implement innovative and effective instructional design and assessment approaches, both in India and in the U.S. She has presented, taught and published on the topics of globalized e-learning, assessment, and equity; her research interests include culturally responsive, experiential and competency-based e-learning, and learning analytics. She is on the NEean Board of Directors and DEI committee member at AALHE.