Aaron Trocki, Associate Professor of Mathematics, is the 2023-2025 CEL Scholar. His CEL Scholar work focuses on models of assessment and feedback outside of traditional grading assumptions and approaches

Blog Posts by Aaron Trocki

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It’s Always Been Done That Way: Models of Assessment and Feedback

Many people would likely categorize the phrase, “it’s always been done that way” as a weak justification for a particular course of action. This phrase is contained in a larger quote attributed to Grace Hopper (1906-1992), Rear Admiral in the…

A student sits at a desk. She looks down at a few papers on the desk, which are filled with writing. She has one hand up to her forehead, and the other holds a pencil. Text overlay reads: "Quality teaching is not separate from quality assessment and feedback."

An Admission and Overview: Models of Assessment and Feedback

The week before my first teaching experience, I had a 20-minute chat with the assistant department chair on how to teach college students. He handed me a printout of class roles for two lab sections of Introduction to College Algebra—36…

Headshots of Aaron Trocki and Rachel Forsyth. "I think it's important that faculty would like to see the students' work, that they feel proud of what students have done."

Perspectives on Assessment and Feedback: Interview with Rachel Forsyth, Part 1 

While exploring various models of assessment and feedback in recent months, an opportunity presented itself to gain some expert perspectives on these topics. I recently met Rachel Forsyth, author of the book Confident Assessment in Higher Education, at the 2023…

Headshot of Rachel Forsyth "Technology is super useful in teaching and assessment, as long as it serves the teacher's purposes."

Perspectives on Assessment and Feedback: Interview with Rachel Forsyth, Part 2

In my last blog post, I introduced Rachel Forsyth, author of Confident Assessment in Higher Education (2023). She shared her perspectives on what makes assessment practices effective for faculty and students. In this portion of the interview, we moved on…

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Inevitable Tensions and Some Good News: Models of Assessment and Feedback

About two years ago, my wife and I had numerous conversations about her job satisfaction. At that time, she had worked for the same company for over ten years and had taken on a variety of roles during her tenure….

a professor passing a student a paper. "Considering assessment from a practice perspective invites faculty and students to shift their views from assessment of learning towards assessment for learning”

Traditional and Alternative Approaches to Grading: Models of Assessment and Feedback 

Recently, a colleague and I reconnected at a professional conference and discussed my efforts in writing this blog series. We have known each other for about seven years and have always enjoyed talking shop and joking around. In an effort…

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A Preliminary Framework for Artificial Intelligence–Supported Assessments: Models of Assessment and Feedback

Since interviewing Rachel Forsyth a couple months ago, I have been writing and piloting assessments that incorporate artificial intelligence platforms like ChatGPT. My work was in response to her consideration of how AI could be used to help students and…

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Utilizing a Framework for Artificial Intelligence-Supported Assessments: Part 1

In my previous blog post, I introduced a framework developed to assist faculty with incorporating generative AI, such as ChatGPT, in their assessments. I also shared an artificial intelligence-supported assessment (AI-SA) and some of my thinking underlying its structure and…

Two women look at computer screen while another is on her own computer. "Students are ready to step up to the challenges of using generative AI if they are provided appropriate guidance”

Utilizing a Framework for Artificial Intelligence-Supported Assessments: Part 2

In December I introduced a framework to support faculty with the complexities of incorporating generative AI into their assessments. One feature of this framework encourages the consideration of separating assessment components into AI-active and AI-inactive sections to better articulate expectations…

Image of a person's hand holding up a phone displaying OpenAI's website home page, which reads: "Introducing ChatGPT. We've trained a model called ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests." An accompanying quote from the blog post says the following: "I found these students to be aware of how AI works and knowledgeable of potential benefits to their lives and potential pitfalls to overreliance."

Student-Reported Benefits and Tensions about Generative AI in Academics: Part 1

My ongoing exploration of how generative AI might be used in assessment practices has revealed some benefits to teaching and learning, some drawbacks, and some tensions. Sharing this exploration through these blog posts and having numerous discussions about higher education…