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Topic A6: Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) - Additional Resources

Below are online resources which may help you in preparation. Take a moment to visit each. If you find a resource particularly helpful, remember to bookmark that page to make it easier to return to it at a later time.


The Benefits of CATs Online

The biggest plus for using online classroom assessment techniques (if you can imagine a virtual classroom) is that CATs involve all parties -- students and teachers -- in a continuous monitoring of learning. Online instructors receive feedback about their own effectiveness and that of their online course materials, and they, in turn, provide their students with measures of their progress. The major research in classroom assessment techniques can be found in Thomas A. Angelo's and K. Patricia Cross' Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers, 2nd Ed. Excerpts can be found at this site, hosted by Honolulu Community College.

Twenty Commonly Used Assessment Techniques

The importance of classroom assessment is summarized, along with descriptions, in Douglas J. Eder's web site hosted at the Southern Illinois University. Eder (Associate Professor of Neuroscience) states that these assessment techniques can yield immediate results in your own classes. Other CATs are described on Eder's site, and at this site hosted at Hawaii Community College.

Practical examples of CATs used successfully in online and face-to-face classes are described in this web site developed at Pennsylvania State University entitled An Introduction to Classroom Assessment Techniques. Diane M. Enerson, Kathryn M. Plank, and R. Neill Johnson, researchers at the PSU's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, describe examples that work, including the background knowledge probe, category grids, documented problems, and misconception/preconception assessments.

Assessment and Evaluation on the Internet

This list of online materials on assessment and evaluation was compiled by Liselle Drake & Lawrence Rudner, an excellent resource for anyone serious about classroom assessment.

Classroom and Course Assessment

This list of educational resources compiled by the University at Buffalo Educational Technology Center contains dozens of links useful to faculty designing their own assessment strategies:

The Virtual Professor

References for Online Educators: Articles for educators who teach online on such topics as classrooms using Internet, copyright, discussion forums, ethics, journals, news, texts, plagiarism, etc.


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