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HICE 2017

Time: 8:00 - 9:30 AM / Friday - 1/6/2017 / Room: Hibiscus 2 Session Topic: STEM Education - Workshop Presenters: Belgrad, Susan –— California State University, Northridge Herr, Norman –— California State University, Northridge Lutz, Ota –— NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

Next Generation Science Standards and the NASA Educator Professional Development Consortium: Preparing the Pipeline for Diverse Students’ STEM Success
CSUN is one of six minority serving institutions (MSI) of higher learning that is collaborating with NASA to promote more diverse student access to their rich and rigorous digital STEM resources. The goal of this presentation is to promote an exchange of knowledge and experience in promoting scientific literacy within culturally responsive learning settings that promotes excitement about the next generation of “audacious scientists and engineers” we must prepare now and in the future.

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM / Wednesday - 1/4/2017 / Room: Iolani 7
Session Topic: Cross-disciplinary areas of Education - Workshop Session Chair: Herr, Norman, 
California State University, Northridge

Continuous Formative Assessment (CFA) using Cloud-Based Collaborative Resources

Continuous Formative Assessment (CFA) employs cloud-based collaborative document technology to instantly collect responses from multiple students, groups, and class sections. In this workshop, participants will learn how to collect response data from large sets of students across groups or classes and analyze them quickly and accurately. Participants will gain experience using CFA strategies to enhance student engagement and monitor student understanding during synchronous online or in-person instruction. As instructors analyze student responses, instruction adjustments can be made to meet immediate student needs. This workshop introduces specific instructional strategies that may be employed to increase the accountability and involvement of students in face-to-face, blended and online settings. Preliminary data suggests that the CFA methodology promotes engagement, accountability, and understanding through formative assessment for both students and instructors.


Herr, N.; Tippens, M.; Rivas, M.; Vandergon, V., d'Alessio, M., & Reveles, J. (2016). Continuous Formative Assessment (CFA) - A cloud-based pedagogy for evaluating student understanding to optimize STEM teaching and learning. In Chao, L.,  Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes to be published by IGI Global, Hershey, PA: IGI-Global Publishing. 

Vandergon, V., Herr, N.; Tippens, M.; Rivas, M.; d'Alessio, M., & Reveles, J. (2015). Collaborative data analysis. In Chao, L., Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes to be published by IGI Global, Hershey, PA: IGI-Global Publishing. 

Herr, N., Rivas, M., Chang, T., Tippens, M., Vandergon, V., d'Alessio, M., & Nguyen-Graff, D. (2015) . Continuous formative assessment (CFA) during blended and online instruction using cloud-based collaborative documents. In Koç, S., Wachira, P., & Liu, X. (Eds.), Assessment in Online and Blended Learning Environments. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Collaborative Docs (Google Docs)

Apps for formative assessment
  • EdPuzzle - Interactive video (good replacement for Zaption - deliver videos by Google Classroom
  • Kahoot - quiz
  • NearPod - interactive presentation and assessment tool 
  • Padlet (collaborative bulletin boards)
  • Quizlet- live - collaborative quizzes (in Beta… search on Internet for access)
  • Plickers - scan audience cards - multiple choice
  • Poll Everywhere - text message polling
  • Socrative -student response system that empowers teachers to collect data