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Classroom Assessment. Marcy Drummond, Vice President of Academic Affairs LATTC. What is Classroom Assessment. Using assessment techniques to Learn about Student Learning

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    1. Classroom Assessment Marcy Drummond, Vice President of Academic Affairs LATTC

    2. What is Classroom Assessment • Using assessment techniques to Learn about Student Learning • "Classroom Assessment is a simple method faculty can use to collect feedback, early and often, on how well their students are learning what they are being taught.” ----Angelo, T.A., 1991. Ten easy pieces: Assessing higher learning in four dimensions. In Classroom research: Early lessons from success. New directions in teaching and learning (#46), Summer, 17-31.

    3. How Does Assessment Differ? • Assessment in that it is aimed at course improvement • The primary goal is to better understand your students' learning in an effort to improve teaching

    4. How Does Assessment Differ?

    5. Benefits of Classroom Assessment – For Faculty • Provides short-term feedback about day-to-day teaching/learning • Provides useful information about student learning with a much lower investment of time • Helps foster good rapport with students • Encourages teaching as a formative process

    6. Benefits of Classroom Assessment – For Students • Students become monitors of their own learning • Lessens feelings of anonymity • Illuminates needed study skills • Demonstrates instructor cares about student learning

    7. Steps for Conducting Classroom Assessment • Decide what you want to learn from a classroom assessment. • Choose a Classroom Assessment Technique (CAT) that provides this feedback, is consistent with your teaching style, and can be easily implemented • Explain the purpose of the activity to students, then conduct it (inform students if results will be used as part of their grades) • Review the results and decide what changes, if any, to make • Let students know what you learned and how you will use this information

    8. Teaching Goals Inventory Self-Assessment Tool • to help instructors become more aware of what goals they want to accomplish in individual courses • to help instructors locate Classroom Assessment Techniques they can use to assess how well they are achieving their goals • to provide a starting point for discussions of teaching and learning goals among instructors Source: T.A. Angelo and K.P. Cross, 1993. Classroom Assessment Techniques. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, p. 13-23. Take the inventory online at:

    9. Classroom Assessment Techniques • Minute Paper • Chain Notes • Memory Matrix • Directed Paraphrasing • One-Sentence Summary • Exam Evaluations • Application Cards

    10. Classroom Assessment Techniques • Student-Generated Test Questions • Assessing Group Effectiveness • Background Knowledge Probe • Characteristic Features • Goal Ranking and Matching • RSQC2 • Self-Assessment

    11. Classroom Assessment Techniques • Guided Essay • Muddiest Point • Transfer and Apply

    12. FASTFree Assessment Summary Tool • Anonymous online survey tool that automatically summarizes students' impressions of a course and/or teacher and supplies the data directly to the teacher Available online at:

    13. Online Classroom Assessment Techniques Resources • Internet Resources for Classroom Assessment Techniques - Sinclair Community College • Introduction to Classroom Assessment Techniques - Penn State University's Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence • Technology Applied to Classroom Assessment the National Teaching and Learning Forum

    14. Online Classroom Assessment Techniques Resources • Honolulu Community College • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville • Course-based Review and Assessment - University of Massachusetts Amherst