There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to adapting assessments for remote delivery. Different class sizes, disciplines and contexts influence what is feasible. Below, four Profs discuss some of the assessment strategies they are using in their courses and what feedback mechanisms they have put in place to support student learning and success.
Ideas for Formative and Summative Assessment
Formative assessment can help students identify gaps in their knowledge of course content and can inform instructors of areas where many students may be struggling to grasp a particular concept. Listen to Profs. Jessica Flake and Richard Koestner from Psychology, Armin Yazdani from Physiology, and Danielle Vlaho from Chemistry discuss how they have incorporated formative assessment into their courses as a way to promote learning, and how they have adjusted summative assessments to reduce student stress related to remote coursework.
Improving Student Writing in STEM through Formative Feedback
The transition to remote delivery has popularized writing assignments as a way to assess students. However, writing is a skill that is best honed through practice, and one with which not all students may have equal experience. Listen to Prof. Armin Yazdani from Physiology discuss his approach to helping students improve their STEM writing ability through feedback and multiple formative assessments, and how his students can track their writing progress over the course of the semester.