To determine the assessment activities for a course, consider the following question: How will students demonstrate the skills, knowledge or attitudes required to successfully complete the course? These are directly tied to the learning outcomes from Step 1.
With your learning outcomes in mind, determine what activities might serve as evidence that students meet each of the outcomes.
The nature of the assessments will depend on the depth of knowledge or skill required. When simple facts are required, quizzes might be an efficient way of measuring learning. However, when students must use higher-order thinking skills to analyze and evaluate, real world problems and scenarios are more appropriate. Examples of assessment activities include:
- problem solving tasks and scenarios
- models and diagrams
- research reports
- refections (written or in an alternative medium)
- artistic works