This fall, Dr. Amanda Ferster participated in the Innovation in Teaching and Technology Academy. The Academy, conducted by the University of Georgia College of Education, provided her with an opportunity to collaborate with faculty regarding online teaching strategies, hear about the tools her colleagues use to facilitate learning, and strengthen her video production skills.
Dr. Ferster also shared one of her instructional strategies at the UGA College of Education Innovation in Teaching Conference. Her presentation, “Technology Enhanced Item Types: Independent Understanding of Potential Pitfalls”, included a discussion related to several online modules she constructed for use in a Classroom Assessment Development course.
Dr. Ferster described: “Students used the online training and a survey platform to construct their own assessment. Within their projects, students had to follow Item Writing Guidelines AND intentionally break these guidelines within the same assessment. The goal of the instructional strategy was to demonstrate the importance of writing clear/concise items.”
She said the conference provided an opportunity to learn from educators across the region. A memorable component of the conference was hearing directly from students regarding their thoughts on innovations/effective teaching strategies.
“The experience I gained via participation in the Academy and Conference will improve my instruction. I am very appreciative of the Innovation in Teaching & Technology Team for planning and facilitating these events!” says Dr. Ferster.
Amanda serves as a psychometrician at the Georgia Center for Assessment and instructs graduate courses within the UGA Educational Psychology Department.