On the course Lessons tab, an assessment item provides the opportunity to assess the progress of the student. An assessment item can contain several different question types.
- Assessments can give students practice on basic terms, concepts, and principles.
- To get students to do homework problems, read the chapter, or consider expectations, have them respond to assessment questions with a deadline a couple hours before class time.
- Auto-select the highest assessment score for grading. Alternatively, just give credit for taking the assessment and scoring above a specified percentage.
- Provide a few critical thinking questions. View submissions to see what students have learned and determine deficiencies.
- Use a "Wake Up Brain" assessment to test preconceptions before students read the chapter.
- Inform students that a specified number of the assessment questions will appear on a test or in-class assignments.
Following are some examples from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence's "Large Class FAQ," each followed by an ANGEL solution.
Provide a set of questions to guide students in their reading. The kinds of questions you ask can show students the difference between reading to locate specific information, skimming for main ideas, and doing a close reading for the purpose of textual analysis.
ANGEL: Put these questions into an assessment that must be completed prior to class. Use the Advanced mode when creating the assessment to set a start and end date and time. As time permits, develop a large pool of questions by having students suggest questions.
Have students take assessments as a means of helping students do readings and other homework, assess their own understanding of key concepts, and practice for hard-copy exams. Another alternative is to give small group assessments.
ANGEL: Assign assessments to ANGEL teams. Have one student submit for the team.
One instructor administers open-book, out-of-class assessments that target the things she wants her students to get out of the assigned reading. She makes these available online for a given time prior to class and takes them down just before class begins. You can limit students to one try or let them take the assessment several times, counting only the last score.
ANGEL: Use the Advanced mode when creating assessments to set a start and end date and time. You may also specify how many times students may take the assessment using the Attempts Allowed setting.
(The following methods are termed "advanced" only because they may be more time-consuming.)
- Have students contribute assessment questions. Give credit to students whose questions are good enough to use in course assessments. (This is a good way to increase your question pools.)
- Require that students take the assessment and get 90 percent before a specified deadline or no credit is given.
- Share questions and assessments among colleagues in groups or libraries.
Wake Up Brain Assessment
This question from an Energy and the Environment course asks what petroleum products are used on a daily basis. Answers can include fuels, plastics, cosmetics and other chemicals.
Example of a "wake up the brain" assessment question to encourage students to think more deeply about course content
Nutrition Diet Analysis for Chronic Disease
Students look at a typical American male's diet and activity level and analyze his risk for diseases. The answers are submitted in a ANGEL assessment as essay questions.
Exercise questions about Sam to be entered into the assessment