The measurement of student learning through assessment is important because it provides useful feedback to both instructors and students about the extent to which students are successfully meeting course learning objectives. Grading is an aspect of student assessment but does not constitute its totality.

Benefits of Assessment

  • Regular feedback about student progress
  • Means for students to gauge their own learning and then modify study strategies as appropriate
  • Student data and feedback for instructors to make course improvements and adjustments

Types of Assessment

  • Diagnostic assess prior knowledge
  • Formative assess current learning and areas needing improvement, used developmentally as the course progresses
  • Summative at the conclusion of an instructional unit or course, assess student learning and performance with respect to the course learning objectives

Modes of Assessment

  • Self Assessment
  • Peer Evaluation & Feedback
  • Team-based Assessments
  • Instructor Evaluation & Feedback

Learning theories & principles to consider when designing course assessments

Evaluation & Feedback on Course Assessments