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
"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:
"Determining Your Purpose for Assessing Student Learning" (doc, post) provides an overview of assessment issues to help instructors clarify the purpose, function, and variety of assessment -- and so choose optimal forms of assessment for their specific purposes.
Topics covered include the following, each elaborated more fully in the text:
A. “Alternatives to Traditional Testing” (web page) outlines 13 “reasonable alternatives to traditional tests” (or 12 for final essays!).
- These alternate assessment strategies may be "advantageous to promote student learning and be more authentic means of students demonstrating what they have learned at the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (synthesis, analysis, evaluation).”
B. The 13 explained alternatives to traditional testing include the following: