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How to Teach – Evaluating Students


As you lead the class through whatever presentation or practice you’ve planned to meet your objective, you need to check for comprehension. Are your practices generating the desired outcome?

It makes sense to assess student learning as you go, so you have time to revisit anything  students miss. Spreading out assessments over the entire course also allows students to recover or adapt to any stumbles over the course of the semester. A student may have a legitimate reason for missing the final, but should it cost him or her the whole class?

One common type of evaluation is the written paper. While research and reporting are accepted methods of checking learning, you also need to consider that writing itself becomes part of the lesson. You’ll need to decide how much written communication should be part of your assessment:

Another common type of assessment is the quiz. One advantage of quizzes is that they can be administered online, so students can take them as convenient. Quizzes can also be automated to help manage teacher load.

Those who are willing to learn some simple programming can create quizzes directly in Angel. Talk with your IDT or attend the Angel training sessions to learn more about using technology.

This post concludes the CETL blog’s summer series on the basics of teaching, what works, and what can be improved. Don’t forget to check back for more areas covered on Adjunct Day, August 3!

As the Fall semester begins, we’ll bring you more information on resources available to instructors at St. Petersburg College. Please share your ideas and experiences by posting below or emailing bryson.kathy@spcollege.edu!


  1. These are great resources, Kathy! Using online group quizzes to foster critical thinking is an interesting concept I’d like to try.

  2. Combining the frequent assessments to the group quizzes is something that might be a good fit for a few of my classes. Particularly, frequent and short quizzes (I teach math) that allow for individual time and then time for group collaboration might work very well. Thanks!

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