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Chemical Education is GOLDEN

25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education
hosted by the University of Notre Dame, July 29 - August 2, 2018

 


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ACS Exams Institute Meetings

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A number of the ACS Exams Institute Committees will be meeting prior to the start of the 25th BCCE. These meetings are open only to the committee members.

The ACS Exams Institute will also be holding fours workshops in conjunction with BCCE. All members of the community are encouraged to register and attend:

WTA63: An ACS Exams committee experience: Developing a test specification and writing and editing items

Day/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 8:00-11:00 am

Exam committees for ACS Exams follow a process for exam development that includes test specifications through item writing, editing and selection. This assessment workshop will be a “mini-exam development experience” where we will go through the process of developing an exam replicating a similar model to that which we use for ACS Exams. Included in this workshop will be:

  1. How do determine a test specification: what will a test cover and to what depth
  2. Different types of assessment items: how to select the best item type(s) and best array of item types to suit your needs
  3. Writing and editing assessment items including writing incorrect responses and including visual-spatial or reference components
  4. Assessing the assessment: basic statistics to examine how the test items performed

 

WTP82: ACS Exams alignment processes and uses: How the item alignment process works at ACS Exams and how this can be used for other assessments

Day/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2:00-5:00 pm

At ACS Exams, we have been evaluating the many test items developed for item characteristics including content, complexity, process type and image inclusion. The alignment process and how these are ultimately used to investigate performance and content coverage through a different lens have been used extensively at ACS Exams. This assessment workshop will be a walk for participants through the process of alignment and into evaluating how alignment information can used. Included in this workshop will be:

  1. Alignment parameters: what structures need to be considered and what information is sought
  2. Alignment processes: how will this be done and how will the results be vetted
  3. Alignment information: how to synthesize the information from an alignment and how this can be used to develop new materials

Also included in this workshop will be the use of an automated alignment tool developed by UMass in collaboration with ACS Exams.

 

WMA29: Mapping the Undergraduate Curriculum in Analytical Chemistry

Day/Time: Monday, July 30, 8:00-11:00 am

At ACS Exams, we have been working on constructing Anchoring Concept Content Maps (ACCM). These maps provide a content framework for the entire undergraduate chemistry curriculum using a four-tiered structure. The first two tiers are broad and subdiscipline independent. The third and fourth tiers get progressively more detailed and are subdiscipline specific. We have published four ACCM (general, organic, physical and inorganic) only through the contributions from faculty and instructors through many focus groups and workshops. The maps for biochemistry and analytical chemistry are nearing completion. For this workshop, we are working on the final level three and four details for the content map in analytical chemistry. Reflecting on the feedback from the other subdiscipline maps often provides participants with a unique insight about the courses taught and how the concepts taught in these courses contribute to the overall undergraduate chemistry curriculum.

 

WMP50: Mapping the Undergraduate Curriculum in Biochemistry

Day/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 8:00-11:00 am

At ACS Exams, we have been working on constructing Anchoring Concept Content Maps (ACCM). These maps provide a content framework for the entire undergraduate chemistry curriculum using a four-tiered structure. The first two tiers are broad and subdiscipline independent. The third and fourth tiers get progressively more detailed and are subdiscipline specific. We have published four ACCM (general, organic, physical and inorganic) only through the contributions from faculty and instructors through many focus groups and workshops. The maps for biochemistry and analytical chemistry are nearing completion. For this workshop, we are working on the final level three and four details for the content map in biochemistry. Reflecting on the feedback from the other subdiscipline maps often provides participants with a unique insight about the courses taught and how the concepts taught in these courses contribute to the overall undergraduate chemistry curriculum.

Get Involved with the Exams Institute

 

New examinations are constantly in preparation and the Examinations Institute is always eager to receive ideas for new exams as well as volunteers to work on ACS exams that are planned.

If you are interested in conducting research related to assessment of student learning in chemistry, you may also want to consider becoming an Institute Fellow and spend a semester or longer working at the Exams Institute. The Institute routinely has funding for individuals who would be interested in supplementing sabbatical pay and requests for this level of involvement are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional information is available at the Exams Institute Website.

Contact us:

 

Phone: 574-631-2302

Email: bcce2018@nd.edu

Mail:

Dr. Steven Wietstock
General Chair, BCCE 2018
331 Jordan Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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