Documentation:ISW/Lesson Plan/Core Lesson Components/Online/Assessment

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This online module uses the ISW BOPPPS model as a lesson planning framework.

Online Module

Time to Complete

20-25 minutes

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)
  2. Discuss how ongoing assessment during the class could benefit the instructor and the learners
  3. From a list of 50 CATs, choose 2 techniques that could be used in a class you might teach


Please watch the following video for an overview of CATs.



Formative Assessment:

Assessment which is designed to provide feedback to the learner in order that they may improve their performance. In this sense it helps to ‘form’ the learner... The key feature of effective formative assessment is that it provides the learner with ongoing constructive feedback during the lesson/course. Formative assessment can also be used as a guideline for the instructor to adjust their teaching based on the needs and performance of the learners.

Summative Assessment:

Summative assessment takes place at the end of their course of study (a class, a course), and measures the learner's attainment against the specified learning objectives of the syllabus or programme.

How do you know if your learners actually learned? How do you measure their learning?

Download and briefly review the File:50 CATs Classroom Assessment Techniques.pdf.

Select two (2) different CATs that you can implement in your teaching and share in the Comment box below:

  1. Identify whether these CATs are best used as formative and/or summative assessment,
  2. Explain why these CATs appeal to you as an instructor, and
  3. Consider how these CATs may impact your learners’ learning experience.

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Module Credits

This module has been designed by the Graduate Student Facilitators at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at UBC- Vancouver