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Are you teaching what students should be learning?

Educational assessment can implicate from an individual student or an entire educational system.

As an instructor, you’ll need a process to document, the knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs of your students.

How you assess these will affect the grades you give, your instructional needs and even your curriculum.

Reflect upon these questions:

  • Are we teaching what we think we are teaching?
  • Are students learning what they are supposed to be learning?
  • Is there a way to teach the subject better?
(Source Eduotopia, the George Lucas Foundation’s website dedicated to what works in education.)

The following resources may help you think about assessment differently, and maybe even introduce you to some new tools that can help you make your assessments more effective. 



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A rubric is a standard of performance or a scoring tool

The University of Rhode Island has compiled rubric resources into 
  • Value Rubics - Intellectual and practical skills, personal and social responsibility, and integrative and applied learning
  • Rubic resources developed at URI
  • Additional resources
  • Asessment of reflection assignments
  • A bibliography
Humber College has a great rubic resource site it includes over a dozen different resources including:

  • The authentic assessment toolbox for rubrics
  • Grading rubrics and online assignments
  • Rubrics for college the easy steps way
  • Discussion evaluation form
  • RubiStar home, a free tool to help you crate quality rubrics

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Indiana University Bloomington has a good summary of what summative and formative assessments are.  In summary, assessment isn’t just about grades. You may also use summative and formative assessments to evaluate individual understanding of course concepts and communicate with them about that understanding, to motivate students and to organize your course. Formative assessments usually aren’t graded and summative assessments usually count for marks.

56 different assessment activities are outlined in a presentation by formative assessment specialist David Wees.  These are not specific to colleges or universities, but are still very relevant.
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An overview of authentic assessment written by the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge professors.