Assessment and Evaluation in Environmental Education
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Assessment and Evaluation in Environmental Education

Improving Learning and Communicating Impact
4.4 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
716 students enrolled
Last updated 6/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 32 mins on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Explain why assessment and evaluation are essential components of any environmental education curriculum.
  • Identify intended learner outcomes for your environmental education curriculum.
  • Assess and evaluate your environmental education curriculum using a variety of assessment alternatives.
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Requirements
  • This courselet does not have a prerequisite.
Description

How do you know that your environmental education program or resource is making an impact? How do you improve your programs and resources? Assessment and Evaluation is a critical part of high quality environmental education.  This course is designed to help you get familiar with some of the key competencies that high quality environmental educators should know and be able to do when it comes to assessment and evaluation including:

1.  Understanding the difference between assessment and evaluation

2.  Understanding Learner Outcomes in EE and how they are tied to assessment

3. Using assessment as part of instruction and Improving Instruction

4. Understanding Program Evaluation

This is an entry level course designed to familiarize you with language and connect you to resources for furthering your development.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in assessment and evaluation in environmental education
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the Course
2 Lectures 10:01

Welcome to the course!  Watch our short introductory video to learn more about the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education and what we will be covering in the course.  If you are pursuing a Professional EE Certification, this course will provide helpful information for Theme 5 Portfolio Requirements.  The rubrics and requirements are included as optional resources. The course will progress in the following outline:

1.  Welcome and Course Goals

2. Explore the differences between Assessment and Evaluation

3. Learning Goals

4. Assessment that is Part of Instruction

5. Improving Instruction

6. Evaluating Programming

7. Review and Check for Understanding

Welcome
05:39

Although the terms assessment and evaluation are often used interchangeably, in environmental education we want all high quality educators to understand how to use both in their work.  Watch the short video lecture to get a brief description of each.  If you are applying for EE Certification, please consider how you represent both assessment and evaluation in your portfolio.

What is assessment? What is evaluation?
04:22
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Assessment and Evaluation in Environmental Education
3 Lectures 15:08

High quality environmental educators understand the importance of tying assessment  to learning.  This section will help you understand the purpose of learner outcomes and give examples of categories of learner outcomes in environmental education. We've included several resources to help you including a matrix for organizing and choosing evaluation tools (Wells, 2009) and a guide using case studies to measure environmental education outcomes (Russ, 2014).

Determine learning goals and outcomes
03:38

In this section we will talk about Assessment that is part of instruction and improving instruction based on the assessment data you collect.  As you are watching the short video, think about ways that you are already using assessment informally and formally.  How can you build assessment more intentionally into your program design?  You may find the included resource helpful in thinking about assessment as part of your program design.

Assessment that is part of Instruction and Improving Instruction
04:38

Evaluation is the systemic investigation of the merit or worth of a program. It can also be a process or tool used to make informed decisions about a program. By collecting data targeted for program improvement, we can ascertain whether and how well a program is functioning and what results the program is accruing. This section will provide guidance on how evaluation is used for program development and making judgments about program improvement. Be sure to check out the My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant (MEERA) resource, a free online repository with online tools and examples to help you develop your own evaluation plan.

Program evaluation
06:52
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Check for Understanding
1 Lecture 07:19

Congratulations!  You have completed all the course content!  As you are working on assessment and evaluation as part of your programs or compiling your portfolio for EE Certification, don't forget to check out all the valuable existing resources throughout the course for additional help and support!

Reflect on your learning
07:19

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About the Instructor
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Denver, CO
4.5 Average rating
15 Reviews
1,002 Students
3 Courses
Instructor

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education serves all sectors of the Colorado community to improve the collective eff­ectiveness of Environmental Education. We envision an environmentally-literate Colorado, and we work to ensure everyone in Colorado has an opportunity to learn about the environment where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.