Top 5 Tips

1. Assessment is the engine that drives learning.

2. Use diagnostic, formative and summative assessments to reach all students.

3. Align assessments with course learning outcomes, and use authentic/performance tasks to gather direct evidence of student learning.

4. Adapt traditional summative assessments as means to facilitate deeper learning; make summative assessments formative.

5. Grade group work fairly and equitably; incorporate peer/self-assessments to engage students as co-assessors of their own learning.

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Assessment is a continuous process of establishing learning outcomes, implementing instruction, gathering evidence of student learning, and using the evidence to improve teaching and learning.

Reimagining Assessment in the Pandemic Era: Comprehensive Assessment of Student Learning

Comprehensive Assessment of Student Learning: 8 Components

  1. Derive assessment directly from student learning outcomes (SLOs).
  2. Make the alignment of SLOs and assessment visible to students.
  3. Use diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to support student learning success.
  4. Include a mixture of objective tests, authentic task, and constructed–response items to help students build a robust picture of their learning.
  5. Apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) multiple means of action and expression principle to foster equity in assessment.
  6. Provide actionable feedback to help students know how to improve their performance.
  7. Use self and peer-assessment to give students agency over their own learning.
  8. Modify assessments and assignments to maximize learning and minimize cheating.

Please follow the link to access the Comprehensive Assessment guide.

Reimagining Assessment as a Pathway to Deeper Learning: 7 Strategies

  1. Retrieval Practice/The Testing Effect
  2. Answer with justification: Maximize the learning potential of multiple-choice quizzes.
  3. Collaborative testing
  4. Build your own questions
  5. The help card: Cheat sheet
  6. Practice test questions
  7. Post exam review/reflection

Please follow the link to access the Reimagining Assessment guide.

RUBRICS

Academic expectations are clearly and consistently communicated to students. The instructor uses a variety assessment tools during the course to monitor learner progress and uses that data to adjust and pace the teaching of the course. Grading procedures are designed to accurately reflect students’ acquisition of key knowledge and skills developed during a course. Summative (final) assessments are directly aligned to the content and skills taught and developed during the course (the course outcomes).

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

The following presentation slides provide an overview of different types of assessments.

Assessment

Communication Rubrics

The following rubric can be used to assess annotated bibliographies. Oral Communication Skills and Emotional Intelligence. These rubrics were graciously shared with us by our colleagues at RNtoBSN.org in Houston Texas. While designed for future nurses, they are informative for all of us preparing students for the world of work.

Annontated Bibliography Rubric

The following rubric can be used to assess an individual’s oral presentation.

Individual Oral Presentation Rubric

The following rubric can be used to assess reflective writing.

Reflective Writing Rubric

The following rubric can be used to assess visual performance.

Visual Performance Rubric

Critical Thinking Rubrics

The following rubric can be used to assess comparisons. The process of comparison has three distinct steps: the selection of items to compare; the selection of characteristics on which to base a comparison, and a description of how items are the same and different.

Comparison Rubric

The following rubric can be used to assess creative thinking at the higher education level which can only be expressed productively within a particular domain. The student must be versed in the strategies and skills of the domain in order to make connections and synthesize.

Creative Thinking Rubric

Related Resource: Association of American Colleges & Universities VALUE Rubric Development Project

The following rubric can be used to assess ethical reasoning.

Ethical Reasoning Rubric

The following rubric can be used to assess the inquiry processes.

Inquiry Rubric

Related Resource: Association of American Colleges & Universities VALUE Rubric Development Project