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
A. "Seven Keys to Effective Feedback" (post) defines feedback as "information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal," differentiating it from advice, guidance, or performance evaluation (i.e. "value judgments or recommendations on how to improve").
"Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback" (post) outlines a plan to "get ... students to actually read their feedback and care less about the grade."
"The Fix for Ignored Feedback": "The Plan"
1. Grade the Papers:
- "Grade ... as you usually would with comments on the written piece, but keep the rubric separate."
2. "Plan Independent Work"
"Using Checklists to Develop Students' Self-Assessment Skills" (post) suggests the use of checklists (rubrics also work well) to help students "make accurate judgments about one’s work ... an important professional skill."
A. The Problem
"4 Keys to Student Self-Assessment" (post) outlines the practical application of learning targets, success criteria, feedback, and time-focused activities in cultivating student agency and habits of self-assessment.
1. Learning Targets
"Students can hit any target that they know about and that stands still for them."
Some learning-target tips: