Assessment of Teaching and Learning

Etymology of the word: Assessment

"To assess" derives from the Latin verb "assidere", to sit by (originally, as an assistant-judge in the context of taxes). Hence, in "assessment of learning" we "sit with the learner", and that implies that it is something that we do with and for our students rather than to them.

The word "assessment" has a variety of meanings within higher education (e.g., “institutional assessment”, “curricular and program assessment”, “course and learner-centered assessment"). Therefore, for the purposes of this resource guide “assessment” is considered as the systematic collection and analysis of information to improve student lifelong learning. One Definition of "Assessment of Learning" in Higher Education:

"Assessment is the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning." (Huba, M. E. and Freed, J. E. (2000). Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses -- Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning. Boston, Allyn and Bacon.

Event description

We address a variety of issues related to successful student and program assessment including what may be assessed and how to assess. We conclude by leading a discussion on the development of a supportive classroom environment, the encouragement of active and intentional learning, and the importance of reflecting on one's teaching.

Event last offered

"Assessment Tools for Your Course" - Professor Danielle Mihram, September 13, 2007, 1-3 PM, Leavey Auditorium


Megasite on Assessment: Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment, NC State. Includes

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