Assessments play an important part in the learning process. Both summative and formative assessments inform progress and guide learning. It is essential to the accreditation process and the results are used in all sorts of ways to measure outcomes and success of the student, teacher, course, or institute.
Creating Assignments/Course Rubrics
Providing students with the opportunity to give input on the standards that will be used to assess their learning will give them a better understanding of what each standard means.
Have Students Complete the “Minute Paper”
This technique tests whether or not a student is gaining knowledge from each class. At the end of a class or module, have students write a brief response to the following questions: “What was the most important thing you learned during this class?” and “What important questions remain unanswered?”.
- Mary Bart (Faculty Focus): Creating a Campus Culture that Values Assessment
- Maryellen Weimer (Faculty Focus): Is it Time to Rethink our Exams
- Susan Spangler (Faculty Focus): Flipping Assessment: Making Assessment a Learning Experience
- Center for Teaching (Vanderbilt University): Classroom Assessment Technique
- Teaching Beyond the Podium podcast (Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Florida): Getting the Most Out of Assessment
- Center for Teaching Excellence (University of Florida): Practical Guide to Assessment Video Series
- Dianne Conrad (2008): Building Knowledge Through Portfolio Learning in Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
- Lorrie Shepard (2000): The Role of Classroom Assessment in Teaching and Learning (.pdf)