Assessment in Physical Education Grad Course - Summer 2022

Course takes place from June 6 - August 5, 2022 (8 weeks, Week of July 4 off). You must register for this course by June 6, 2022.

Course takes place from June 6 - August 5, 2022 (8 weeks with week of July 4th off).
You must register for this course by June 6, 2022

Once you register, if you wish to apply for graduate credits, you will also be sent instructions to register at Adams State University. If you are obtaining graduate credits through ASU, there is an additional associated cost of $165. There is no required textbook for this course. Please register for the graduate credits DURING the course.

This course is non-refundable, by registering you are committing to the workload of an 8 week long graduate course.

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"I am much more confident incorporating assessments into my classroom. When I signed up for this class, I was looking for new and fresh ideas to incorporate into my class and I was not disappointed. This class opened my eyes to the numerous options that they are for assessments. I will start implementing some of the ideas as quickly as this school year. I believe that this will make me a better teacher."

"I feel really good about incorporating the variety of the assessments that were provided during this course as well as some of the ones that were talked about on the discussion boards. It was beneficial to see what other people were doing in their classrooms and I got a lot of great ideas from both the links provided and the discussion board."

"The best thing about this very thorough and interesting class was the opportunity to discover and experiment with a large variety of assessments! The veteran teacher in me had become complacent in assessment practices. I have several go-to assessments for every PE unit I teach, including DCAs (district common assessments), but when asked to evaluate and create formative or summative, alternate or authentic, technology-based or not, qualitative or quantitative.... I had some research and work to do! Thankfully, resources were provided and I have several new bookmarks in Firefox and in my files to explore! I will definitely be able to incorporate new and updated assessments for my adult learners and for the young students I now teach only periodically. I am especially excited about incorporating more sound technology assessments as these have been mostly "extras" in my assessment plan and it is time, and I now feel I have more confidence, to include meaningful technology assessment in my portfolio."

We are excited about your interest in taking this graduate level course from PE Central. Below you will find a course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. This course will last 8 weeks and, if you wish, you can apply for 3 graduate credits (an additional $165) from Adams State University located in Alamosa, Colorado. Please do this during the course as opposed to waiting until the end of course. If you have any questions about the course, contact us at "[email protected]". I hope you enjoy the course and working with Dr. Witherspoon.

Mark Manross, Executive Director, PE Central


This eight-week course will assist teachers in understanding not only the importance of assessment in physical education, but the multiple types of assessments that are essential to a program. Assessment is essential to show student growth, but more importantly to have evidence for stakeholders to evaluate in order to continue to develop a quality physical education program. This course will discuss formative assessment and summative assessment concepts through the use of traditional and technological methods. By the end of this course, teachers will be able to create a variety of assessment tools as well as implement assessment strategies in their classroom. Teachers will realize that assessment is the root of a quality physical education program and must be considered during every physical education class regardless of the grade level. In addition, teachers will know that multiple types of assessments, not just one method, are necessary when evaluating student progress and/or a physical education program.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Realize the importance of assessment in order to improve and continue to develop their program
  2. Understand the difference between formative and summative assessment and realize when each form of assessment is necessary
  3. Develop and implement a variety of assessment strategies including technology-driven assessment tools
  4. Identify appropriate forms of assessments for grade levels and content areas
  5. Understand how to utilize assessment data to influence stake holders opinions and decisions regarding their program
  6. Evaluate your current assessment plan and determine how to modify this plan for improving your program


All course materials such as readings and additional resources will be included in the weekly assignments. There will be articles, PowerPoint presentations, and additional types of information to review when learning the content and completing the assignments. There is no textbook required to purchase for this course.


In order to receive a passing grade, the participant must complete the following course requirements:

  1. Discussion Board Posts: You will complete 5 discussion board posts and be expected to respond to your classmates’ posts on a variety of topics.
  2. Quizzes: You will be completing two quizzes (one authentic assessment quiz and one 5 question quiz) throughout the course to show your knowledge of what you have learned up to that point. These questions will be in short answer form.
  3. Develop Assessments: You will create a variety of assessments that can be used in your classroom that align with the National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes
  4. Technology Tool: You will review a variety of technology assessment tools. In one assignment you will develop a technology assessment. In the second assignment you will blog about technology assessments.
  5. Midterm Assessment: You would complete the midterm Assessment consisting of 15 multiple choice, short answer, and T/F questions.
  6. Final Assessment: You will complete a final Assessment consisting of 5 short answer questions.

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Your Instructor

Dr. Lisa Witherspoon
Dr. Lisa Witherspoon

Dr. Lisa Witherspoon is a Adjunct Instructor at Tennessee Tech University and a former Assistant Professor at The University of South Florida in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Witherspoon is an international expert on the subject of technology driven games and exercise with a grounded passion in using technology to reach children in the 21st century. In addition, she serves on National committees and Advisory Boards related to physical education, technology, active gaming, sports and fitness concepts. She was elected as an Inaugural iTeach Fellow at the University of South Florida to assist future teachers and current faculty in using technology in the classroom. Dr. Witherspoon is in the Virginia Tech University Hall of Fame, Catawba Valley Hall of Fame, Newton-Conover Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the ACC Legends class of 2011 for women’s basketball. She has designed and implemented various basketball camps all over the country to help young athletes acquire the fundamental skills necessary to feel confident and competent to progress in movement development. Her continued passion is to meet generations where they are in terms of interests and desires in order to help guide individuals in gaining and/or maintaining physically active lifestyles. She teaches 3 other graduate courses for PE Central.

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