Classroom Assessment Techniques (Teaching and Learning)
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Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are mostly simple, non-graded, anonymous, in-class activities that give both teachers and learners feedback on the teaching-learning process. Classroom assessment can be implemented anytime: the beginning of the term, in the middle of a class, immediately after a major assignment, and other occasions as needed. Using CATS, teachers receive timely feedback on how students learn and make appropriate adjustments in the teaching to further their learning.
The table below provides a quick comparison between 'traditional evaluation' and 'classroom assessment'.
|Traditional Evaluation||Classroom Assessment|
|Format||Midterms, Finals, Projects, etc||(See reference below for techniques)|
|Focus||Usually on content|| Can be on content, and is also used to assess:
|Audience||One-way|| Mutually beneficial
|Process||Summative: for grades||Formative: to improve learning|
This page lists resources tools, and a bibliography for learning more about this topic.
- Mann, K. B. (2000). You can herd CATs: Assessing learning in the humanities. College Teaching, 48(3), 82-89.
- Rouseff-Baker, F., & Holm, A. (2004). Engaging faculty and students in classroom assessment of learning. New Directions for Community Colleges, (126), 29-42.
- Stein, B., & Haynes, A. (2011). Engaging faculty in the assessment and improvement of students' critical thinking using the critical thinking assessment test. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 43(2), 44-49.
- 50 CATs by Angelo and Cross by University of Denver, Office of Academic Assessment
- Description: A list of 50 CATs accompanied by a short description of each
- URL: http://www.du.edu/assessment/media/documents/AngeloandCross199350CATs.pdf
- Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide for Science, Math, Engineering and Technology Instructors
- Description: "Succinct, self-contained, self-instructional, web-based modules that introduce a broadly applicable range of techniques” for use in college or university courses.
- URL: http://www.flaguide.org/
- Classroom Assessment Techniques by the National Teaching and Learning Forum
- Description: Provides an introduction to CATs, a description of how to use them, and an explanation of why to use them. Examples of eight different types of CATs are provided for collecting feedback on student learning and responses to teaching.
- URL: http://www.ntlf.com/html/lib/bib/assess.htm
- Classroom Assessment Techniques by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State University
- Description: Introduces CATs, outlines their multiple uses and shows different types.
- URL: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/cat.html
- Classroom Assessment Techniques by the Virginia Commonwealth University, Center for Teaching Excellence
- Description: Categorizes CATs according to what they can be used to access
- URL: http://www.vcu.edu/cte/resources/cat/index.htm
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