Assessment is a crucial part of the learning process. Instructors can use a wide range of assessment tools to measure their students’ learning and mastery of important content, skills, and processes. Assessment techniques rely in large part on teaching strategies, learning principles, content, and the context of the learning. When it comes to assessing student learning, there is no best one-size-fits-all approach, but rather a range of options from which faculty can choose based on the content, context, and learning objectives.
Designing Effective Assessments
Effective assessments require careful planning and design. They must be aligned with learning outcomes in order to ensure that they are assessing what they are meant to assess. Different contexts and situations can play an influential role in determining which format of assessment would be most effective, whether it be multiple-choice, essay, or even an alternative form of assessment. Another thing to consider when designing effective assessments is the issue of academic integrity.
Grading and providing feedback are integral parts of helping facilitate student learning. They provide both instructors and students critical information regarding learning and performance. Consistent and clearly communicated expectations can really help eliminate grading issues that may arise during a course.