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Instruction By Design: Forming Formative Assessments

Instruction by Design Podcast

In this episode, the instructional designers from CONHI’s Academic Innovation (Celia Coochwytewa, Aaron Kraft, Jinnette Senecal, and Steven Crawford) are joined by Dr. Karen Saewert (Clinical Professor and Senior Director, Academic Innovation) define the term formative assessments and describe the difference between formative and summative while understanding the gray areas. In addition, they identify various formative assessment strategies.

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Karen Saewert Dr. Saewert performs in diverse role capacities including Evaluation Lead for ASU’s Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CAIPER). She is a Clinical Professor and Senior Director for Academic Innovation at the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI). As Senior Director, she leads a unique and highly regarded team collaborating at all levels — from local to national and international higher education communities — promoting excellence and impact in education and evaluation standards and practice.

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