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
"Test-Enhanced Learning: Using Retrieval Practice to Help Students Learn" (web page) is a brief teaching guide that covers the following topics:
- "What is 'test-enhanced learning'?"
- "Six things research tells us about the effects of retrieval practice"
- "Why is it effective?"
- "How can instructors implement test-enhanced learning in their classes?"
- "What are important caveats to keep in mind?"
"Tips on Grading: Using Rubrics" (pdf) briefly explains rubrics and their benefits and emphasizes that "the best rubrics are specific to the assignment":
- "[A] very general rubric provides little feedback or guidance to students."
- "[T]he more explicit the rubric to the specific assignment, the more direction students get, and the easier it is for them to write to a target, revise a draft paper, or improve on the next assignment."
To this end, the pdf provides "sample rubrics for different courses and purposes."
"Asking Good Test Questions" (web page) answers two basic tests questions and supplies both responses and resources to act on the suggestions:
- "What are good test questions?"
- "How can you develop good test questions?"
1. What Are Good Test Questions?
"Good test questions":