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Summative assessments evaluate student learning according to a benchmark.

Formative vs. Summative Assessment

Tests and Quizzes

Many of us were educated on a model of testing that involved one or two tests each semester.  Typically, students took a midterm and a final, with an occasional third exam thrown in for good measure. Research shows that using tests that are more frequently given, rather than once or twice a semester can enhance student learning. As can giving students a list of the learning/course outcomes they will be assessed on to help them prepare for the exam. Allowing them to review previous homework, quizzes, or exams and labeling what learning outcomes relate to the assessment can help them identify challenges and focus their efforts on the relevant information to be successful. 

These resources will guide you through some best practices for creating test and quizzes that demonstrate learning without testing your patience.

Student Presentations

Presentation skills are highly sought after in the workplace. They also add another tool for assessing student learning.  Whether you are assigning a 3 minute report or a 30 minute group presentation, it’s important to have the right tools for assignments, instruction and assessment.  Click here to access our presentation resources.