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Using Assessment Data


Assessment that Promotes Learning

John P. Lowe for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence

How students learn

  • Begins with what the students know already – are they ready – have they prepared – have I told them explicitly what they need to do to be prepared?
  • Students awareness of their own learning motivates more learning – show them their learning – build confidence – look what you can do now.
  • Getting students to face up to  underlying problems (study skills, time on task, pre-req skills) – taking responsibility


Take a look at the examples in the article as good ways to assess to promote learning – How could you use these ideas? What modifications would you use?


Classroom Assessment Techniques CATs 

The classic text – Angelo, T. & Cross, P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

CATs are simple, non-graded, anonymous, in-class activities designed to give you and your students useful feedback on what they are learning.







Look through these examples and choose one or two you can routinely use in your course – Why did you choose it – how will you use it?


Mid-semester Feedback

This is a critical technique – to get feedback to make changes before it is too late! Remember though – if you ask for students’ opinions and suggestions, you need to address them – You don’t need to DO everything they ask, but you at least should tell them why you can’t – and what you can change and will change.



Item Analysis



Facilitating Meaningful Learning

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