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Assessment

Process of observing and measuring learning; provide teachers with a better understanding of what students are learning and engages students more deeply in the process of learning

Formative Assessment

Provides diagnostic feedback to students and instructors at short-term intervals (e.g., during a class or on a weekly basis)

Summative Assessment

Provides a description of students' level of attainment upon completion of an activity, module, or course (E-portfolio due at end of course might be a form of summative assessment.)

Evaluative Assessment

Provides instructors with curricular feedback (e.g., the value of a field trip or oral presentation technique)

Educative Assessment

Integrated within learning activities themselves, educative assessment builds student and faculty insight and understandings about their own learning and teaching. Also known as active assessment. (Assessment is a form of learning)

Scoring Rubric (Assessment Strategy)

Focuses and promotes learning; provides clear statements of the level of knowledge students are expected to achieve to receive a given grade, dimensions of the quality of work expected, commentaries (descriptions) of expectations of knowledge and quality that distinguishes each grade band

Instructional Rubric (Assessment Strategy)

Give students information on essential elements of high quality product, levels of achievement, criteria for each level clearly described

Concept Maps (Assessment Strategy)

Help students see "big pictures"; provide a springboard for classroom discussions; help students develop the abilities to draw reasonable inferences from observations, synthesize and integrate information and ideas, learn concepts and theories in a subject area

Porfolios (Assessment Strategy)

Document student learning and improve student metacognition; personalized long term documentation of student mastery of course material;

Metacognition (Assessment Strategy)

Awareness of one's own thought process

ConcepTests (Assessment Strategy)

Technique used often in lecture setting; instructor presents questions and students choose answers; students are given a chance to make other students see why their answer-choice is correct

Knowledge Survey (Assessment Strategy)

Series of questions that cover full content of a course; evaluate student learning and mastery at all levels; can be both formative and summative; help students learn; help faculty improve classes; aid departments and programs develop new curricula

Exam (Assessment Strategy)

Classic assessment tool

Oral Presentations (Assessment Strategy)

Often used to assess student learning from student individual and group research projects

Peer Review (Assessment Strategy)

Students assess themselves and each other

Written Reports (Assessment Strategy)

Classic assessment used by faculty; may be as short as one page or as long as a term paper

Minute Paper (Assessment Strategy)

Concise note (one minute) written by students (individually or within a group), that focuses on a short question presented by the instructor to the class, usually at the end of a session; good choice for interactive lectures

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