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Assessment Tools

Assessment tools allows us to collect data on student learning to determine how courses or program may be made more effective. There are many technologies that can be used for exams, portfolios, capstone projects, pre-and post tests, writing, project reviews, externally reviewed performances, performance evaluations and more. Below is a list of the technologies Ferris has available and a list of other resources that can be used for assessment.

Ferris Technologies Used for Assessing Learning

Maple T.A.

Maple T.A. is a web-based system for creating tests and assignments, and automatically assessing student responses and performance. It supports complex, free-form entry of mathematical equations and intelligent evaluation of responses, making it ideal for science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), or any course that requires mathematics. Read tutorials on how to use Maple T.A.


Ferris has a subscription to several Respondus products.

  • Respondus Campus: This tool is used to create tests and push them into any LMS system.  We can also use Respondus to convert a test to a printable format. It only works on a computer running Windows. View video tutorials on how to use Respondus Campus.
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser: This tool locks down the testing environment within a learning management system so the student cannot go to another screen while taking the test.  It also prohibits the student from taking screen shots of the test or of the answers after a test is taken. View video tutorials on how to use Respondus Lockdown Browser.
  • Respondus Monitor: This test proctoring tool builds upon the power of LockDown Browser, and uses a student's webcam and analytics to prevent cheating during while taking an exam. View video tutorials on how to use Respondus Monitor.


Tegrity has been used by various department for oral exams. Optometry students use Tegrity to record themselves performing an eye exam. Later they watch the video and assess how well they did according to a rubric. Students who take a foreign language class can use Tegrity to record themselves verbally reading a passage in french or in Spanish.  If they mess up, then they can start over, which means they are practicing.  Once the student is happy with the recording, it can be uploaded for the instructor to watch and grade.  This saves the instructor time since students do not have to schedule to meet with the instructor to perform the oral exam.  It prevents student anxiety since the student does not have the pressure of reading the passage in front of teacher on the spot.  Read the Tegrity tutorial on setting up student recordings.

Tegrity also has a test proctoring component that does not require the Respondus Lockdown Browser. Read the Tegrity tutorial on test proctoring.

Other Resources

Assessing Learning at Ferris

The Office of Academic Affairs is committed to helping you to help your students by providing support in professional development and engaging the campus in dialogues about how we collectively and individually enhance the difference we can make for the thousands of students and their parents who trust us to serve them well. It is so important, that Ferris has an entire website describing the assessment process at Ferris.

Hoonuit Video Tutorials About Assessment

Our subscription to Hoonuit provides the following video tutorials related to assessment. You will have to login with your MyFSU username and password to view the tutorials.

Pedagogical Practices in Assessment

Assessment is important to teaching and learning because it helps instructors to measure how students learn.

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Universal Design

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If you are interested in learning more about the tools listed above, please check the Training Schedule or contact eLearning at (231) 527-2802.