Assessment & evaluation
Although assessment and evaluation have distinct meanings, both offer a means by which we can receive feedback on our work. What follows are resources and programs to support the provision of feedback for both students and faculty.
Assessing student learning
Assessing prior knowledge
Discover your students’ prior knowledge to better design and target your instruction.
Asking good test questions
Develop effective test questions that align with the learning outcomes for your course.
Help students develop skills to assess and provide constructive peer assessment feedback to others.
Guide students in how to use self-assessment to critique and improve their own work.
Use rubrics to design scoring guides and expectations for student assignments and assessments. Create faster and more consistent grading systems for you and your teaching assistants or teaching team.
Measuring student learning
Measure student learning to determine whether students have indeed learned what you intended.
Learning outcome types and recommended assessment methods
Determine the appropriate assessment method for an assignment based on the thinking skills you'd like to measure, as determined by your learning outcomes.
Promoting Academic Integrity in Your Course
Help promote academic integrity in your course by using some of these strategies in your assessments and in communications with students.
Assessing your instructional practice
Classroom Observation Program
Arrange for a class observation to receive confidential, non-evaluative feedback from a Center teaching support specialist.
Mid-Semester Feedback Program
This confidential program assists faculty members in obtaining student feedback about the course at a point in the semester where there is still time to adapt and improve.
Documenting teaching with a teaching portfolio
Use a teaching portfolio to collect information about your continuing development as a teacher for the purposes of self-reflection and improvement, as well as to document your commitment to teaching for application or promotion files.
Peer review of teaching
Faculty members use peer review of teaching to observe and learn from each other through the Cornell Teaching Partnership Program.