Sample Assessment Methods


All of us are familiar with the traditional methods of assessing student learning, used by instructors in our own disciplines or fields. However, instructors have many more choices with respect to assessment strategies. Below is a list of assessment strategies that you might want to consider for your course.

  • Abstract
  • Advertisement
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Biography or autobiography
  • Brochure, poster
  • Budget with rationale
  • Case analysis
  • Chart, graph, visual aid
  • Client report for an agency
  • Cognitive map, web or diagram
  • Contemplative essay
  • Debate
  • Definition
  • Description of a process
  • Diagram, table, chart
  • Dialogue
  • Diary of a real or fictional historic character
  • Essay exam
  • Executive summary
  • Fill in the blank test
  • Flowchart
  • Group discussion
  • Instructional manual
  • “Introduction” to an essay or scientific report (rather than the full report)
  • Inventory
  • Laboratory or field notes
  • Letter to the editor
  • Matching test
  • Materials and methods plan
  • Mathematical problem
  • Memo
  • “Micro-theme” (a tight, coherent essay typed on a 5x 8 note card)
  • Multimedia or slide presentation
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Narrative
  • News or feature story
  • Notes on reading
  • Oral report
  • Outline
  • Personal letter
  • Plan for conducting a project
  • Poem, play, choreography
  • Question
  • Regulations, laws, rules
  • Research proposal addressed to a granting agency
  • Review of book, play, exhibit
  • Review of literature
  • Rough draft or freewrite (writer writes freely, with no constraints for a certain amount of clock time)
  • "Start" (a thesis statement and outline or list of ideas for developing)
  • Statement of assumptions
  • Summary or précis
  • Taxonomy or set of categories
  • Technical or scientific report
  • Term paper, research paper
  • Thesis sentence (sentence that expresses author’s main point)
  • Word problem

Key Assessment Considerations

  • What fits with your contextual factors?
  • Which assessment methods would allow you to understand how well students are achieving learning outcomes?
  • Did you include various types of assessment methods in the course assessment plan?
  • What needs to be graded versus ungraded?
  • What type of assessment is sufficient?
  • What can be done in and out of class?
  • How much time will the grading take?
  • Are course assessments manageable in terms of student and instructor workload?
  • What are the demands on your students in their other courses?

Apply:

From the list of assessment strategies, select one strategy that you would like to try in your current or future course. Explain how you will use it in your course and what kind of learning you will assess using this strategy. State some advantages and disadvantages of using this method of assessment.