This section includes a growing resource bank on assessment and testing for many different learning activities – core content, assignments, discussions, participation, experiential learning, reflection, flipped/blended courses, formative/summative activities, etc.
Assessment and Testing
"Developing Learning Outcomes: A Guide for University of Toronto Faculty" (pdf) covers the following topics (with examples and worksheets for developing your own effective learning objectives):
A. Topics Covered
The following two pdf chart resources provide a "Student Thinking Continuum" assessment framework based on an 8-point model with specifics indicated for each criterion ranging from "Beginning Thinker," through "Developing Thinker," to "Deep Thinker":
"30 Tips for Writing Good Multiple-Choice Questions" (online article) points out that, "when properly designed, multiple-choice tests can be a vital addition to your testing tool box."
"All the suggestions that follow stem from two basic precepts":
"Meaningful Learning through One-on-One Conferences" (online article) explains that "students love these conferences, partly because they offer a chance for personal contact with their instructor, and partly because the conferences provide them with uniquely meaningful feedback."
To be "meaningful," feedback must be
- "ongoing, so students can make the necessary changes to succeed"
- "timely, actionable, and user-friendly."
"[O]nly when students can easily follow their instructors’ advice, and put that advice into practice, are they likely to excel."