Assessment Series


The Assessment Series includes two to four workshops a year that address a range of assessment topics, such as:

  • designing effective rubrics
  • writing multiple-choice questions to assess higher order thinking
  • designing effective essay questions
  • item analysis for multiple-choice questions
  • assessing learning online.

2018-19 Series

Writing good multiple-choice (MC) items is difficult and writing MC items that effectively assess higher order thinking is even more difficult. In this session, we will look at what is meant by higher order thinking, different types of MC items that capture higher order thinking, and guidelines for writing these items. We will also spend some time actually writing them.

Join this session to learn more about incorporating case studies into your teaching. We define case studies as short stories or scenarios that demonstrate the application of a disciplinary concepts or practice to real-world situations. Although formal case method teaching is common in some disciplines and may involve lengthy/complex cases (e.g., Business and Law), this workshop encourages instructors from across disciplines to consider incorporating brief but well-crafted case scenarios as a form of active learning in their classrooms. In this session, we will explore the value of teaching with cases and the strengths and limitations of the approach. We will also discuss how to assess students who engage with case studies (i.e., the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they demonstrate). Finally, you will be asked to think about how case studies could apply in your own discipline and teaching context.

Facilitated by: Mike Atkinson (Psychology), Ken N. Meadows (Centre for Teaching and Learning), Karyn Olsen (Centre for Teaching and Learning, Anthropology)

Series Information


Instructors, Librarians and Archivists, Graduate Students


Registration is recommended.

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to CareerCentral using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 
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Typically two to four times per year.  Check Event Calendar for future dates.

Slides from Past Sessions

2017-18 Series

Writing Multiple-Choice Questions

October 23, 2017

Assessing with Rubrics

November 14, 2017

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly: Item Analysis for Multiple-Choice Exams

March 5, 2018

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