Overall, we assess student learning. Assessments can range from high to low stakes and are typically either formative or summative in nature.1
As instructors we assess things like:
1Lower stakes assessments give students a chance to learn from their work before their work is assessed on tasks that count for a substantial percentage of the course grade (e.g., exams, papers, presentations).
While formative assessment is primarly done to strengthen student learning, summative assessment primarly focuses on evaluating a students’ accumulated understanding of course material.
Typically formative assessment is lower stakes and summative assessment is higher stakes.
2Bloom's Taxonomy is a useful tool to help you decide what kinds of skills, concepts, or things you want to assess.
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