Assessment of Student Learning

There are several ways to assess student learning in the classroom and I aim to use a variety of techniques to cater to students with different learning styles. To monitor how well students are understanding material in general and how I can improve my teaching, I use ungraded formative assessments throughout the term (see examples below). To evaluate student learning, I use various graded summative assessments, with a focus on clear expectations/objectives and transparency in grading. For most lab and in-class assignments, I grade based on effort and generally give full credit for completing the assignment. For final projects (individual and group), I provide detailed rubrics with expectations for success and levels of achievement. I also break down final projects into smaller assignments that are turned in throughout the term and give detailed feedback on each piece. I do not like using exams as a primary form of assessment because many students that understand the material may not perform well on a test. However, I understand that sometimes exams are necessary in scientific fields. If I do give an exam, I use a variety of question formats and ensure the test can be completed within the time limit of the class. 

Formative Assessments (non-graded)

  • Student polling (e.g., Kahoot.it)
  • 3-2-1 ticket 
  • Google feedback form (mid-quarter)
  • Google drive discussion

Summative Assessments (graded)

  • Lab/in-class assignments 
  • Homework assignments 
  • Group work
  • Final projects w/multiple points of feedback
    • Presentations 
    • Posters
    • Written papers
  • Tests (if required by curriculum) with varying types of questions (e.g., multiple choice, short answer, matching, etc.)