Openings available for the online course--Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL): Formative Assessment: Writing

The LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center is offering a writing section of the TEAL Formative Assessment online course. There is no charge to take the course, but we ask that you commit to actively participating and successfully completing the course if you register for the course. You must have an active LINCS account for the LINCS Learning Portal. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL): Formative Assessment

Formative assessment refers to both the formal and informal processes that teachers and students use collaboratively to gather evidence of student learning for the purpose of improving learning. Formative assessment occurs while the learning is taking place, as opposed to a summative assessment that typically occurs at the end of a learning unit or course to determine what a student has learned. Formative assessment is a process, not a one-time event; it is assessment for learning, rather than assessment of learning, as with summative assessment. You can expect to complete this course in approximately 6 hours as you explore strategies for conducting informal and ongoing assessments of your adult education students’ progress and use that information to adjust your teaching to ensure that all students learn.

Course Dates: June 6–27, 2016

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2016


Instructor: Writing: Peggy McGuire 

Online Course Format: facilitated, asynchronous

Estimated Completion Time: approximately 2 hours per week; 6 hours total

Expectations for the Course: Participants are expected to read and post at least once in each of the course discussion forums; submit the required journal activities; watch recorded presentations; read the background readings and resource pages of the course; set a goal for their professional growth; and complete assignments and the final evaluation. Participants must successfully complete course requirements to receive a certificate of completion.

Contact: Kaye Beall, LINCS RPDC1 Director,


Thanks for the notice Kaye. Formative Assessments in Writing is an important topic in teaching writing! I'll spread the word where I can.

If anyone here takes this course, please drop by afterward and share your experience and acquired knowledge on the topic. Thanks! Leecy

Leecy Wise, Moderator, Reading and Writing CoP