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Assessment used as part of the teaching and learning process to provide feedback to both the instructor and the learner about progress toward the desired learning outcomes. Information gathered from formative assessment can help instructors plan subsequent learning activities. Ungraded quizzes and one-minute papers are examples of strategies that can be used for formative assessment.
Assessment that usually occurs at the end of a course of learning to determine the degree to which the articulated learning outcomes have been achieved. Capstone projects and final papers are examples of strategies that can be used for summative assessment.
An assessment guide that uses a set of criteria for evaluating an assessment task to create a matrix of descriptions of work at various levels. Effective rubrics can support student self-assessment, greater transparency in grading, and clear feedback to students.
The following TI guide builds upon an extensive literature review to present 19 research-informed principles for guiding assessment of student learning in diverse postsecondary contexts.