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Choosing Assessments

No single type of assessment provides a complete picture of student learning, but choosing the right type or right combination of assessments will give you a more accurate measurement of how closely students have achieved the learning objectives.

In this module, we will review some general assessment concepts and look at several types of assessment. As you read about each type of assessment, think about choosing assessments and creating alignment in your course. We will look at:

Before we go on, let's assess your assessment smarts:

1. Anita Beaker needs to assess her Basic Chemistry students’ ability to remember the Periodic Table of Elements. The most efficient choice of assessment would be a(n):

Objective test
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Essay
Project

2. Dr. Fortran must assess his Computer Program Design students’ ability to create a flow chart that illustrates the operations of a computer program. He should choose a(n):

Objective test

Essay
Performance

3. If you were teaching a Business Communications course, which assessment would you choose to assess students’ ability to give a persuasive business presentation?

Objective test
Concept map
Essay
Performance

Now that you've had a little practice choosing assessments, let’s reviewing a few assessment concepts and look closely at your assessment options. >>>

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