How to Use Assessment Strategies

Assessment need not take time away from learning; assessments can be learning experiences in themselves. Active assessment strategies enhance student content understanding and promote skills that will be beneficial to students throughout their lives. The ability to see the big picture, develop effective oral and written reports and the ability to work cooperatively with their peers are skills that are promoted by active assessment. In this module you can access the following Assessment strategies:

The SERC Cutting Edge Assessment site also includes information on the following assessment strategies:

  • ConcepTests - Conceptual multiple-choice questions useful in large classes.
  • Knowledge Survey - Students answer whether they could answer a survey of course content questions.
  • Exams - Find tips on how to make exams better assessment instruments.
  • Oral Presentations - Tips for evaluating student presentations.
  • Peer Review - Having student assess themselves and each other.
  • Written Reports - Tips for assessing written reports.
  • Other Assessment Types including concept sketches, case studies, seminar-style courses, mathmatical thinking and performance assessments.

Click on the link to see a short glossary of assessment terms.