Category Archives: Assessment

Creating an effective Handout for Class Presentations

It’s the end of the semester, which is a perfect time to reflect on how to improve courses for the next time they are run. In Ontario Tech’s Assessment for Adult Learning in a Digital Context, I ask learners to … Continue reading

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10 Tips to Creating Effective Multiple Choice Tests

Creating fair and easy to understand multiple choice tests is an often-overlooked art. I remember my first-year psych professor wrote the most interesting and well written multiple-choice questions I’d ever seen. He knew how to write questions that tested learners’ recall, ability … Continue reading

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What is A GPA Really Worth?

I can’t tell you how many times I met with students because they wanted a higher mark on an assignment and thought their GPA would suffer.  Grade inflation has become one of new villains of this generation’s academic career. It’s … Continue reading

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Returning Student’s Assignment is a Learning Opportunity

Students can put hours, days or weeks into preparing and writing assignments. Waiting for the teacher to mark the assignment and anticipating the grade is a source of stress for students. Returning the assignment can also be a learning point … Continue reading

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The Take-Home, Open-Book Test

In one of my college prep courses I found that students were very stress about taking college-type tests. While I had to prepare the students for college level learning, I certainly didn’t wan them to drop out or fail because of … Continue reading

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Grading Issues are Solved by Creating Rubrics

Back in the day (well, ok, even today) as a student I never worried about my grades unless I failed. If I received a C in high school, it didn’t devastate me.  It was just one person’s evaluation of what he … Continue reading

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Do Grades Really Matter?

Over the years I have seen many students turn into nervous wrecks over their grades.  But are all the tears, depression, and sleepless night really worth it.  Unless students are on the verge of failing a course or are about … Continue reading

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The Take-Home, Open-Book Test

In one of my college prep courses I found that students were very stress about taking college-type tests.  While I had to prepare the students for college level learning, I certainly didn’t wan them to drop out or fail because … Continue reading

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