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TELC 2008 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

TELC 2008 - Facilitating Learning Through Assessment and Evaluation

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course trains teachers to integrate classroom assessment into instructional planning to improve student learning. It discusses methods for planning assessments that are integrated with instruction, crafting assessment tools, crafting scoring rubrics, grading and evaluating students, assessing higher-order thinking, interpreting state-mandated and other standardized test scores, and aligning assessment with state standards. The course also discusses attributes of assessment practices such as reliability and validity.

Course Outcomes:

Students who are successful in this course will acquire the knowledge base necessary to develop skills in the following seven (7) target areas:

  1. Choosing assessment methods appropriate for instructional decisions
  2. Developing assessment methods appropriate for instructional decisions
  3. Administering, scoring and interpreting the results of both externally-produced and teacher-produced assessment methods
  4. Using assessment results when making decision about individual students, planning teaching, developing curriculum, and school improvement
  5. Developing valid pupil grading procedures that use assessment results
  6. Communicating assessment results to students, parents, educators and lay audiences
  7. Recognizing unethical, illegal, and inappropriate assessment methods and uses of assessment information. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:

The following topics will be covered in this course:

Classroom Decision Making and Using Assessments Goals and Learning Targets of Instruction
Validity of Assessment Results
Reliability of Assessment Results
Professional Responsibilities in Educational Assessment
Planning for Integrating Assessment and Instruction
Crafting and Using Classroom Assessments
Preparing Students to be Assessed and Using Students' Results to Improve Assessments
Evaluating and Grading Student Progress
Interpreting and Using Standardized Tests 

Specific Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to utilize the companion website for the textbook. Information regarding the use of the website will be given in the Getting Started Module in the course content. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Students will be required to complete chapter quizzes, midterm exam, and final exam. The chapter quizzes will be completed on the companion website for the textbook. Complete instructions for completing chapter quizzes will be given in the course content. The midterm exam and final exam will be completed in the D2L Assessments. 

Grading Procedures:

The final grade will be based on the following:

Chapter Quizzes: 25% of the final grade 
Discussion Forum Participation: 25% of the final grade
Performance Tasks: 50% of the final grade 

Grading Scale:
Below 70F


Assignments and Projects:

There will be five (5) assignments that require you to prepare everyday teaching tools such as assessment plans and test items. Detailed information about these assignments will be given in the course content. 

Class Participation:

Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource, students must check emails, news items, and discussion forums frequently for announcements, and students must actively participate in threaded discussion events. 

Late Policy:

Turning in work late shows you are not meeting professional standards. Students who turn in their work on time will have their work graded first. If your work is submitted late, the assignment will be graded as time permits. Late submission of work will affect your grade for an assignment. Students are also required to participate in discussion forums in the specified time frame. Failure to participate will result in a lower participation grade.

Failure to complete any required assignment by the last day of the class will result in a zero being assigned to the quiz, exam, or performance task. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017