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Assessing Student Learning

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Liz Laski

on 21 August 2016

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Transcript of Assessing Student Learning

Why is assessment important?
-Gauge Learning
-Allows for direct feedback
-Students can learn how to assess their own learning
Don't Be Fooled!
Just because a student:
-Answers yes or no questions like: Do you understand this? Is this clear? Do you have any questions about this?
-Gives positive comments like: I understand it now. Oh, I see how to do that. Yes, that concept is clear to me.
-Has positive body language like: smiling, head nodding, conveying confidence, expressions of relief, or expressions indicating “the light bulb” has come on
doesn’t mean they really understand. It is important to use assessment techniques to ensure they really understand and aren’t just telling you what you want to hear.

Beginning of a Session
-Establish a baseline
-Know how prepared a student is to learn
Examples:
-Ask questions about what is difficult and how they prepared for the session, what questions they have missed in class etc.
-Give a (short) quiz on paper or orally that requires the student to answer sample problems or summarize content.
-Provide written focus questions that draw students’ attention to what you will cover during the session and what they will be expected to understand at the end of the session.

Middle of Session
-Use formative evaulation to check for understanding of each topic covered
-Check for understanding before moving on to a new topic
Examples:
-Teach a topic, formula, or section to another student
-Complete another, similar problem independently
-Provide additional examples
-Paraphrase or summarize information in their own words
-Draw conclusions independently
-Correct previous errors
-Complete a set of problems

End of Session
-Summative assessments review all information covered in a session
-Look for solid evidence that the student has gained knowledge and understanding of all material covered
Examples:
-Answer focus questions provided at the beginning of the session
-Complete sample tests
-Summarize key information
-Create test questions
-Apply a concept correctly
-Complete a procedure independently

GOAL!
Assessing Student Learning
Tutoring Tips
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