Assessments-Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

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. 

Students' Self-Assessment

Assess Your Teaching Practice

There 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 feedback
  • conducting one-on-one consultations
To explore these and other possibilities, contact the Eberly Center.

Additional methods for assessing your own teaching:

Feedback for TAs: Sample early course and end of course feedback forms

Two Assessment Types

Formative and summative assessment types can be similar in structure but have different goals.

The main goal of formative assessment is to gather feedback that can be used by the instructor and the students to guide improvements in the ongoing teaching and learning context.

The main goal of summative assessment is to measure the level of success or proficiency that has been obtained at the end of an instructional unit, by comparing it against some standard or benchmark.