“It’s much more useful to assess what you’re doing and how you can change what you’re doing to change the classroom”.
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It’s that time again. Time to determine final grades. If you are using the gradebook in D2L, this video might help.
The Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell University offers the following brief overview of assessing student learning:
- Summative assessments are tests, quizzes, and other graded course activities that are used to measure student performance. They are cumulative and often reveal what students have learned at the end of a course. Within a course, summative assessment includes the system for calculating individual student grades.
- In contrast to summative assessment, formative assessment is any means by which students receive input and guiding feedback on their relative performance to help them improve, absent their grade. Formative assessment can be provided face-to-face in office hours, in written comments on papers, projects and problem sets, and through e-mails.
- Formative assessments can be used to measure student learning on a daily, ongoing basis. These assessments reveal how and what students are learning during the course and often inform next steps in teaching and learning. Rather than relying on questions such as “Do you understand?”, or “Are there any questions?”, you can be more systematic and intentional asking students at the end of the class period to write the most important points or the most confusing aspect of the lecture on index cards. Collecting and reviewing the responses provides insight into what themes students have gleaned from your lecture and what your next teaching steps might be. Providing feedback on these themes to students gives them insight into their own learning.
- You can also ask students to report on their own learning. Surveying students about their learning is called indirect assessment. Asking students to rate their knowledge about a topic after taking your course as compared to what they believe they knew before taking your course is an example of indirect assessment. Direct assessments, on the other hand, assess a student’s direct application of knowledge or skill. Some examples of direct assessment are evaluating students’ abilities to summarize a process, apply a theory, solve a problem, or synthesize literature.
Read more about measuring student learning: https://www.cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/assessing-student-learning/measuring-student-learning.html