Assessment in Large Classes
Large classes pose a challenge for instructors who need to assess a large number of students in an efficient way.
The following assessment strategies may be particularly useful with a large class:
- A ConcepTest is a technique used often in a lecture setting. The instructor presents one or more questions during class along with several possible answers. Students in the class indicate which answer they think is correct.
- Information about multiple-choice exams from the exams page may be particularly useful for large classes.
- Scoring Rubrics can be an effective way to assess large numbers of essays or other written projects.
- Minute Paper (more info) maybe useful for large classes to see if the material presented was comprehended. The students (individually or in groups) write a concise note (taking one minute), that focuses on a short question presented by the instructor to the class.
- Using technology can assist with assessments of large classes. This page contains examples of how geoscience instructors have used technology in large classes.