The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0575 Tuesday, 30 March 1999.
Date: Monday, 29 Mar 1999 11:03:36 -0500
Subject: Help with Assessment
The Dean of Arts and Sciences at my university has requested that our
college do an assessment to determine the value of our general
education curriculum. For this purpose, committees have been created to
deal with the various areas of the gen. ed. program and to devise
multiple choice questions that will assess the students' knowledge. The
committee dealing with English came up with the idea to have one
multiple choice question to determine their knowledge of literature
since they all take the sophomore level Great Works course. The only
universal requirement in that course is to read one Shakespeare play.
We can teach whichever one we want and use whatever approach we want.
(They also have to read one ancient work, one modern work, and cover all
the genres-in other words, the course is wide open.) Some people
disagree with the notion of Great Works and don't teach it as such while
others do. As the one wearing the Shakespeare hat in my department, I
have been asked to come up with one multiple choice question that would
gauge the students' knowledge and that would indicate they have learned
something beyond their high school experience with Shakespeare.
Obviously, we are debating the issue of one question and it being a
multiple choice one at that, (although no one is volunteering to grade
3,000 essays!) but meanwhile, I have to come up with one. I would be
interested to hear any suggestions.
Ohio Northern University