Useful Articles on Assessment



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Short Quiz
It is important that the students have some “incentive” for out of class activity.   This means tying the out-of-class activity to the class grade.   Short online quizzes can facilitate this.   Alternatively, “daily readiness assessment” can be done in class.

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Discussion (peer-to-peer)



Pre- Post- Concept Inventory
Concept inventory tests whether a student has an accurate working knowledge of a specific set of concepts. Probably the best known concept inventory is the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) developed by Hestenes, Halloun, Wells, and Swackhamer (1985) which is designed to assess a students understanding of Newtonian concepts of fource.   Hake (1998) used the FCI to assess learning gains obtained in introductory physics courses that used interactive-engagement and traditional lecture methods.   Hake determined that courses that used some form of interactive-engagement obtained greater learning gains than traditional lecture courses.

Assessment in Action: EE102

We all use exams to assess student learning.   This section is self-explanatory.   What I have found useful is comparing exam scores across multiple years.

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Attitude Survey
Attitude surveys, i.e. trying to figure out how students feel about different aspects of the class, are useful at identifying which activities students fight, which are confusing, which are easy or seem stupid.   It never ceases to surprise me that students view these things 180 degrees different from how I view them.   Attitude surveys are a good reality check on student engagement.   Students who are motivated and interested are more likely to succeed than students who are apathetic or depressed.

Assessment in action: EE102

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