March 31, 2021

  Volume 2, Number 2

The purpose of CREATE is to facilitate learning through educational assessment and teaching effectiveness.


Join us at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel


coming soon:

call for

CREATE 2021 Conference Proposals! 


2021 CREATE Conference information

will be in our

April Newsletter



2020 CREATE Annual Conference

Proceedings Publication

In lieu of our 2020 conference, we are publishing conference proceedings! 

Manuscripts are currently being peer-reviewed.

Watch for the 2020 CREATE Annual Conference Proceedings Publication during the 2021 CREATE conference in Asheville, North Carolina, October 11th & 12th. 

2020 & 2021 Millman Memorial Award Recipients to Keynote at #CREATE2021  

Dr. Edward Kifer

2021 Millman Memorial Award Recipient & Lecturer

Dr. David C. Berliner

2020 Millman Memorial Award Recipient & Lecturer

A big challenge...

The Intersection of Formative Assessment and Student Engagement in Online Learning

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest challenge with educational assessment and evaluation has been gathering accurate evidence of student learning. One reason for this is the nature of students completing online learning tasks in environments that educators cannot control. Navigating learning management systems and other technology tools available with little training, it was a challenge for many instructors to adjust. Face-to-face strategies do not always translate easily into online formats, and finding the right alternative takes time and expertise. In hopes that in-person instruction would resume in the fall, robust professional development opportunities were not provided. Instead, teachers often took a trial-and-error approach to determine what could work best for their specific context and their population of students.  As educators found their footing and began to build confidence with their use of technology (ie. zoom and breakout rooms, etc.) some strategies to formatively assess students in meaningful ways began to emerge. 

For example, we allowed for student voice and choice in structured discussion formats in both synchronous and asynchronous environments (ie. flipgrid and discussion boards), which led to a clear intersection of formative assessment and student engagement. We also provided multimodal feedback to students through audio and written formats, which helped students build rapport with us as their teachers. Also, we implemented digital notebooks, in which students could not only take notes on readings, etc, but reflect and make connections. We were able to interact with students via comments in these notebooks, and assess their learning simultaneously. While trial-and-error may not be the best method, we, as educators, do need to be willing to try new tools in order to more accurately assess students in a virtual world. 

Kelly Govain Leffel & Sharice Adkins

Doctoral Students, Curriculum & Learning Design

School of Education, College of William & Mary

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The Consortium for Research Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE)is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of assessment and evaluation in PK-12 and higher education. 


Membership in CREATE is open to all persons and organizations engaged in educational assessment or evaluation research, policy, or practice.

Membership classes may include but are not limited to:  Individual, Student, Organizational, or Institutional, or any other classification as specified by the Board of Directors.

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