Strategies for Effective Assessment: Embedding Assessment
Standardized instruments or surveys, while they have their use, may often be seen
by students as being external to their real course work. Many students may not provide
their best effort on an assessment instrument that is not graded and is not seen as
an integral part of their course work.
Assessment can be done effectively with samples of material that are integrated into
the graded work of a course.
- Test questions that may tie to a key outcome that is being assessed can be included
in the actual test used in the course, even across multiple sections.
- Portfolios collect work already done as part of different courses.
- Pre and post instruments, such as a writing sample, can be included as assignments
within one or multiple sections.
- Projects done in multiple courses in an area could be used to assess a broader skill
such as problem solving or team work using one common rubric.
The best assessment can draw on what we already do within our course work without
creating an excessive amount of extra work for either teacher or faculty member.
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