Gauging Student Understanding: How to Know What They Know

Derek Blackwell, CTL Graduate Fellow, Communication

Wednesday, October 17 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center, room 305

Summary: As instructors, how do we know whether or not our students are really “getting it”? Test scores and term papers may seem like the obvious answers, but the ability to gauge student comprehension early on and to do so on an ongoing basis can actually make test scores and term papers better and make for a much more productive classroom experience. This workshop explores a range of strategies for determining what students understand, what they don’t understand, and how to adjust your teaching accordingly. By learning to “read” students and implement strategies that will encourage them to both demonstrate and communicate their level of understanding, workshop participants will come away with a set of skills that can be used to make them more effective instructors, all the while helping to enhance the performance of their students.

Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for participants in TA Training.