Classroom Assessment Resources
About Learning Theories- This site examines 12 different theories on how people learn, including constructivism, behaviorism, observational learning, and left brain/right brain thinking. (Scroll down the page that opens to find theories.)
Classroom Assessment Techniques- In addition to providing a rationale for why classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are useful teaching tools, this website also presents 8 common CATs and describes them in terms of their time commitment and application in the classroom.
Handbook: Designing and Managing Multiple Choice Questions- True to the title, this site offers examples of multiple choice questions, advantages and common problems associated with this type of testing, and ways in which to score the results of multiple choice exams. Appendix B- Designing MCQs Do's and Don'ts- is a particularly useful resource.
Test Anxiety Inventory- This paper argues that the use of computers, as self-instruction or discovery-based learning, could contribute to a reduction of test anxiety within the field of mathematics.
Test Your Knowledge of Human Communication- Created by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship, this site provides links to almost 30 multiple choice questions on topics such as interpersonal communication, computer mediated communication, communication differences between sexes, and nonverbal communication. Answers are immediately provided for these human communication topics, all of which are helpful resources for the promotion of classroom discussion and engaged learning.
Excerpt from Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers- This site addresses the need to assess student's learning on a more consistent basis, and not rely on the check points of mid-terms and finals to discover potential gaps between teaching and learning. Additionally, it identifies and unpacks the following classroom assessment characteristics: learner-centered, teacher-directed, mutually beneficial, formative, context-specific, ongoing, and rooted in good teaching practice.
Learner-Centered Assessment- This University of Waterloo site provides five tips on how to plan learner-centered assessment, positing that assessment should integrate grading, learning, and motivation for your students.
Comparison of Teacher-Centered and Learner-Centered Paradigms Table from Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses, Huba and Freed, 2000
An Invitation to Begin the Journey to Becoming Learner-Centered - Dr. Barbara McCombs' Presentation- This powerpoint from the San Antonio College's Raul S. Murguia Learning Institute highlights the Learner-Centered Model and Assessment of Learner-Centered Practices (ALCP) Tools for Self Assessment and Reflection. If you are interested in utilizing the ALCP tools please contact Dr. Barbara McCombs at firstname.lastname@example.org, (303) 871-4245.
Assessment Guides- These discuss key concerns in learning assessment, such as "What do we want our students to learn?" and "How might we adapt classes to improve student success?" The guides emphasize learning as a continuum and suggest tools through which to assess the various levels a student undergoes on the way to transformational learning.
Rubric Bank- This page provides pdf and website links to some of the leading teaching and learning assessment rubrics available. Rubrics are tailored for certain subject matter, age ranges, and individual or group use, and are published by nationally reputable universities and organizations.
Professional Assocations by Discipline- Included is a list of professional associations by discipline and their main web links. Departments can find educational resources that specifically pertain to their discipline.
Assessment Conferences 2012- List of regional and national conferences centered mostly around assessment.