S.14 – Assessment

GRAD 602

Session 14: Exploring the Role of Assessment in Learning

Session Overview

When we think about assessment in education, tests, quizzes and papers are the traditional practices that readily come to the surface. These forms of assessment, while very important, are often the only means used in teaching for demonstrating what students are learning. What is often overlooked, or given less consideration, are assessment techniques that are aimed at improving student performance and understanding how they are learning. This latter type of assessment, sometimes called formative, provides learners with important feedback about how they are learning and how they can improve what they are doing. This kind of assessment is not an audit of learning, like a test or quiz, but rather an approach to assessment that values learning as an iterative process of growth through loops of practice, performance, and feedback.

This class session will provide us with an opportunity to examine a variety of assessment practices and discuss the ways they can enhance and support learning. Ultimately, we hope to seek balanced assessment practices that help us to see accountability and improvement as two sides of the assessment coin.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session you should be able to:

•    Distinguish between formative and summative assessment
•    Describe how accountability and improvement are both important aspects of assessment
•    Consider use of digital technologies to support assessment

Key Questions

•    What is the role and function of assessment in learning?
•    What kinds of assessment practices best support learning?
•    As far as learning is concerned, why should we be interested in the process of making thinking visible


>> What is role of assessment in higher education (small group discussion)

>> Formative and Summative Assessment

>> “Speed Dating” – Presentation of brief (5 minute) teaching vignettes that emphasizing how practice is enhanced – or how some problem is solved – by the use of a digital technology within the context of teaching / learning.

  • Knowledge Survey
  • Digital Classroom Assessment Techniques
  • StudyMate Games
  • Polling
    • Poll Everywhere
    • Clickers
  • Text Visualization
    • Wordle
    • ManyEyes
  • Concept Maps
    • Gliffy
  • Online Testing

–    Compelling use case for teacher / 7 Principles
–    Compelling use case for students / 7 Principles


1) Continue draft of your review / reflection paper and course evaluation

2) Post ONE profound idea to your Learning Journal

3) Optional – Teaching Statement

Form:  Digital Technology to Support Teaching and Learning
Responses: Collection of Class Examples