This overview of assessment and alignment will help you understand the framework presented in the next module.
What is learning assessment? A system and process.
Learning assessment is a system and process of collecting evidence about student learning. Assessment is a lot like research because it involves observing, recording, scoring and interpreting the information we collect. A good system of assessment provides:
- feedback to students about their learning
- feedback to teachers about their instruction
- evidence to support teachers’ judgments about grading
How does assessment begin? Assessment begins with the end in mind.
A system of assessment begins by defining course learning objectives: what students should be able to do at the end of instruction. The learning objectives give you a clear target so you can choose learning activities and assessments that are aimed directly toward those objectives. When activities and assessments are lined up with the ultimate objectives, you have alignment.