Why do I need to learn about assessment and alignment?
"I’ve taught my course for five years and my assessments work for my class."
After teaching a course several times, you have undoubtedly found things that work for you, but teachers commonly make adjustments to their instruction over time without making adjustments to their assessments. This course can help you learn how to diagnose whether your assessments are aligned with student learning and whether student learning is aligned with your course objectives.
"I’m new to teaching and use the test questions from the textbook to assess student learning."
Tests are a common method of learning assessment, but they are not always the best choice. You have many assessment options available to you. This course presents several types of assessment and a system for choosing the best assessment for any learning situation.
Learning Assessment & Instructional Alignment
Learning assessment is more than testing students and assigning grades. It is a system that provides feedback about student learning. This tutorial introduces an assessment approach using the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Using the taxonomy can improve your assessment system and improve student learning by aligning course objectives, activities and assessments with each other.
Learning improves when objectives, activities and assessments are aligned
In this course you'll learn how to:
- write observable learning objectives
- choose learning activities that support your learning objectives
- choose assessments that match your activities and objectives
- use a taxonomy to align learning objectives, activities and assessments
The Resources module also gives you a list of resources and job aids.
How long will the course take to complete?
The course should take about 45 minutes.
Let’s start the course with a quick overview of assessment and alignment. >>>