Understanding the Role of
Assessment in Learning


To get you to think deeper about key questions related to the assessment of student learning, take a moment to reflect on the following questions:

  1. What is your view of the role that assessment plays in student learning and motivation?
  2. What is the philosophy of your department about assessing student learning?
  3. What kinds of learning in your discipline are particularly difficult to measure and why?
  4. How can you use assessment as a window into what students have learned and where they are stumbling?
  5. If there was one thing about assessment of students in university courses that you can change, what would it be and why?