Explore the variety of assessment strategies that you can apply to your courses.

Types of assessments

There are numerous types of assessments you can leverage in your courses.

  • Take-home exams: Students are asked to submit an essay response. The exam is submitted individually on paper.
  • Quiz exam: Students individually are asked to recall, summarize, connect information, and solve problems.
  • Case study/two-stage exam: In class, students analyze a case study individually, with a peer, or in groups. When conducted in class, this activity can be completed collaboratively.
  • Oral exam: Students do a one-on-one oral exam/test (e.g., in a language course) with an instructor.
  • Final projects/term papers: Students are asked to submit a final project, which can take the form of a written assignment or multimedia presentation (e.g., essay, video, poster).
  • Concept map: Students write keywords and organize them into a flowchart. They can also draw connections between concepts.
  • Discussions: Classroom or group discussions are utilized to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and build community.
  • Student presentations: Students present in front of the class. After the presentation, the instructor and/or peers provide feedback.
  • Portfolio (journal): Students are asked to create a personal reflection or portfolio of work.
  • Peer assessment: Students share their work with each other to view peer submissions and provide share feedback.
  • Problem sets/simulation: Students are asked to solve a problem. Depending on the discipline, it may require an economic model, political simulation or a historical narrative.
  • Labs: Students perform an experiment or run a simulation and share their findings.

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