Learn why it's important to state the purpose of any learning assessment, even when the purpose may seem obvious.
- [Instructor] It might seem obvious to state the purpose of a learning assessment, but often it's just assumed that students already know the purpose. In most cases, it's true, you can reasonable guess the reason for a learning assessment. But as an instructional designer or teacher, put yourself in the shoes of the student. With a clear statement that tells or reminds the student the purpose of the exam, the student can be clear on whether or not the test is purely for evaluation of progress, and that feedback will help him or her, or if the exam is a test that will have a recorded and reported grade.
The main difference that a student should learn from the stated purpose is whether the assessment is low stakes, that is formative, or high stakes, that is to say, summative.
- Establishing assessment goals
- Understanding best practices
- Learning how Bloom's taxonomy affects assessments
- Comparing assessment formats
- Creating observational assessments
- Delivering online exams
- Providing feedback
- Making your assessment realistic
- Creating a fair assessment environment
- Handling accommodations for special needs
- Planning and designing assessments
- Creating a rubric