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Teaching and Learning

Welcome to the new UCSF School of Dentistry Teaching & Learning web page!

Last updated: 14 February 2012

This page, created 10 February 2012, is intended to be a resource for School of Dentistry with an interest in Teaching and Learning.  If you have suggestions or comments for items to add, plese contact Associate Dean Peter Sargent


Test Development Workshop Series (three 1 hour sessions), March 6, 7, and 13
School of Dentistry, Room D-2009, 707 Parnassus Ave.

Have you ever needed answers to the following questions?

  • What should go on a test?
  • How do we write test items that assess something other than memory?
  • How do we know which test items are good (how do we decipher those reports that come with the test results)?

Answers to these questions, and guidance on how to develop test items consistent with upcoming changes in the boards, will be addressed in three 1-hour workshops. Each question above will be used as a basis for a one hour session. You will be asked to bring a sample of 10 items from your current examinations. Please include a mixture of items you like and ones you would like to improve. You will use your own items as you explore answers to the three questions. You will be given a test construction guide that will be a useful resource outside of the workshop. We look forward to your participation.

Instructors: Patricia O’Sullivan, EdD, and Christy Boscardin, PhD, School of Medicine, UCSF

Workshop 1: What should go on a test?
Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 10-11 AM
Room: D-2009

Workshop 2: How do we write test items that assess something other than memory?
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 3-4 PM
Room: D-2009

Workshop 3: How do we know which test items are good (how do we decipher those reports that come with the test results?)
Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time: 10-11 AM
Room: D-2009

Refreshments will be served. Attendees will receive handouts, including a personal copy of the National Board of Medical Examiners’ Constructing Test Questions for the Basic and Clinical Sciences, 3rd edition.

If you plan to attend some or all of these workshops, please “register” by emailing Associate Dean Peter Sargent, so that we will know how many copies of workshop materials to prepare. If your schedule does not permit you to attend, please indicate your interest, since we may schedule these sessions again.


Teaching & Learning Lending Library

I have made a start at a lending library for Teaching and Learning.  There are now about 20 holdings, 11 of which are loaded onto Kindle Readers.  For a list of the current titles in the nascent library, click on the following link: The Current Holdings

To borrow a title (or a Kindle, which has many titles), just come by my office (S-630).  Since I may be off-site, or since the title you want may be out, perhaps it's best to call or email before you make the trek. 

ADEA Annual Session

Going to the ADEA Annual Session in Orlando?  Check out their program on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Teaching and Learning Resources

(coming)