Physics and Astronomy
Award for Educational Leadership and Innovation (2021)
Aaron Slepkov and Rayf Shiell, professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, are recognized for their innovations and leadership through the development of the “integrated testlet.” This evaluation technique has reshaped traditional assessment methods by creating sequenced multiple-choice questions that hone students’ analytical skills and provide them with immediate feedback on their work. Through rigorous research studies, Professors Slepkov and Shiell have documented the integrated testlet’s advantages and they have further demonstrated educational leadership by generously sharing their research on this technique with colleagues at Trent and beyond. Their work has led to widespread interest in and adoption of the integrated testlet at both Trent and other Canadian universities, including University of Saskatchewan, Wilfrid Laurier, and University of Toronto. Professors Slepkov and Shiell will be honoured for their innovation and leadership in education at Trent’s Celebration of Excellence.