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?
- Frequent, Low-Stakes Grading: Assessment for Communication, Confidence
- Assessment Carnival: More Than Quizzes and Tests
- What happens when you spend the whole day grading?
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:
- Why Do We Have to Write Today?
- Conquering Writing Anxiety
- Grading Student Essays or How to Give Constructive Feedback
- A Strategy for Grading Student Writing Assignments
- The Importance of Writing More Meaningful Comments on Student Papers
- APA/MLA Citation Assistance
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- Basic Grammar and Punctuation
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.
- A New Kind of “Space” for Quizzes
- Beyond Tests and Quizzes
- Fostering Collaborative Critical Thinking through Online Group Quizzes
- Group Exams and Quizzes: The Benefits of Student Collaboration
- Making the Pop Quiz More Positive
- Quizzes in an Age of Course Management Software
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!