Featuring Dr. Brian Couch
Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The transition to remote instruction has left instructors wondering how to conduct meaningful assessment in online environments, where they have less oversight of student behaviors. Our mixed methods investigations have provided a deeper understanding of how instructor-based activity characteristics affect student buy-in and utilization of in-person and online assessment activities. Building on this research, we will consider how instructors might implement online assessments to best serve the overarching goals of understanding what students know and promoting student learning.
Brian Couch earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Regis University and a doctorate in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University before transitioning to education research as a postdoc at the University of Colorado-Boulder and now faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research group has developed several instruments, administration strategies, and question formats to assess conceptual understanding and investigated how activity characteristics impact student engagement with formative assessments.
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