Assessment and Technology
April 9, 2007
What is Assessment?
The term “assessment,” and the role it plays in teaching and learning, is often interpreted in many different ways. The most common interpretation is that assessment is a process that provides evidence of the degree and quality of learning that has taken place as a result of instruction. Assessment is learner-centered, providing opportunities for feedback to improve teaching and learning.
Assessment is needed to evaluate whether or not students are comprehending course content. It begins with instructional design, which determines what the students should be able to do as a result of instruction. Assessment then provides information and feedback detailing whether or not the measured learning outcomes match the intended learning objectives. Based on the results, teaching is then redesigned to improve learning.
What technology tools are there available at WPI to assist in Assessment?
The most common example of assessing student learning is an in-class quiz or exam. However, there are many other tools available to WPI faculty that can be used to measure student learning in their courses more frequently. Below are just a few ideas for assessment tools that use technology.
- Use myWPI to post Case Studies and have groups of students discuss the scenarios using the discussion board tool. You can assess whether or not students are using knowledge learned from class in their responses to the case and to their peers.
- Use the Classroom Performance System (CPS) to conduct daily assessments on student learning. Results reported on screen allow you to determine where more time needs to be spent on course material and when you can introduce new content.
- Deliver short quizzes in myWPI. These short quizzes do not take up valuable class time, are automatically graded, and can help you assess where you may need to spend more time reviewing course material. This is also a "Just-in-Time-Teaching" method.
- Use the survey tool in myWPI to deliver mid-course evaluations. Responses are anonymous and the feedback can be valuable to you as you plan the remainder of your teaching and learning activities.