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Assessment and Feedback

Assessing and evaluating student learning is a vital step when creating a truly enhanced learning environment. It is always important to be proactive when planning for assessment. Timely feedback can only occur with detailed preparation.

Teaching Guide (PDF )

This excerpt from Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers provides shortened descriptions of 10 classroom assessment techniques that either assess: course ­related knowledge and skills; learner attitude, values, and self-­awareness; and reactions to instruction. Examples of CATs include the ‘minute paper,’ the ‘muddiest point,’ the pro-con grid, and more.

Learning Analytics (External link )

The 2016 Horizon Report describes learning analytics as “an educational application of web analytics aimed at learner profiling, a process of gathering and analyzing details of individual student interactions in online learning activities.” Explore Educause’s online collection of articles, presentations and seminars that further discuss the growing use of learning analytics in higher education and the benefit students gain from it.

Gathering Feedback (External link )

Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching has an online teaching guide for gathering feedback from students. Based on the book Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis, this page offers a variety strategies for gathering feedback from student including in-class feedback forms, online surveys, and small group analysis.

Peer Critique (PDF )

This handout developed by the CTL provides suggestions for receiving feedback and making the most out of peer critique, adapted from What’s Next? ­Receiving Criticism and Practicing Reflective Teaching by Josh Reineke (formerly of Brown University’s Sheridan Center).

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