Conduct Assessments of Learning and Teaching
The assessment of learning and teaching can be viewed as two complementary and overlapping activities that aim to benefit both the quality of student learning and the professional development of the instructor. Assessing learning alone is not sufficient because the ultimate success of students is also dependent upon their motivation and commitment to learning. Similarly, assessing only teaching behaviors and course activities is not sufficient because qualities of the instructor may be appreciated by students but not optimally helpful to their learning and growth. Done in tandem, assessing teaching and learning can help instructors improve and refine their teaching practices and help improve students’ learning and performance.
Assess Student Learning
Techniques and tools:
Most of these methods are designed as formative assessments but they can also be adapted for summative use.
- Assessing Prior Knowledge
- Classroom Assessment Techniques (pdf)
- Concept Maps (pdf)
- Student Response Systems (Clickers) (pdf)
- Performance Rubrics
Assess Your Teaching PracticeThere are a range of tools and methods available for assessing your teaching. The Eberly Center provides many of these, such as:
- observing or video-taping your class and providing you with constructive feedback
- helping you design and interpret early course evaluations
- conducting one-on-one consultations