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Designing Meaningful Assessments for Chemistry Courses

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Formative Assessments that Solidify Student Learning

In this session, we will explore how you can employ simple - yet highly effective - strategies to monitor and address your students’ progress toward your learning goals, in real-time. We will also discuss how you can leverage these formative assessments to enhance your teaching effectiveness.

Dr. Marilyne Stains

University of Virginia

Assessments Of, For, and As Learning

Let's unlock the full impact of assessments! This presentation explains how we can go beyond the usual ‘assessment OF learning.’ By creating contextualized applications, we can improve student understanding, and by introducing metacognitive processes, we can develop lifelong learning capabilities.

Dr. Heather Mernitz

Alverno College

About Dr. Marilyne Stains

Marilyne Stains is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. As a chemical education researcher, Marilyne Stains focuses on characterizing the extent, nature, and factors involved in the gap between instructional practices in science college classrooms and education research. Her work has been published in Science, CBE- Life Sciences Education, and the Journal of Chemical Education. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER award (2016). In 2019, she was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee Rising Star Award.

Stains earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the Université des Sciences de Luminy, France; a M.S. in Chemistry from the Université Paul Sabatier, France; and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

About Dr. Heather Mernitz

Heather Mernitz is a Professor of Physical Science and STEM Chair at Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI), where she teaches courses in chemistry, biochemistry, and quantitative literacy. Heather was the Chair of the Council for Student Assessment at Alverno from 2013 to 2021 and continues to serve as a consultant on principles and practices of ability-based education and assessment. She is experienced in the design and implementation of an all-college external assessment and has led numerous workshops for college faculty on the design and use of active, collaborative, contextual curriculum in undergraduate chemistry education. Currently, she is focused on building efficient tools and systems to support faculty-driven program assessment.

Mernitz earned a BA in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, MI), and an MS and PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism from Tufts University (Boston, MA).


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