Assessing Student Learning

Effective assessment of student learning should include:

  • assessment requirements and criteria for grading are clearly stated, students know what they need to do and what criteria will be used to evaluate their knowledge and skills;
  • assessments and assignments are designed to help students achieve and demonstrate course learning outcomes;
  • variety, innovation, or creativity in assessment practices are used;
  • a multi-faceted approach to evaluate students;
  • providing students with timely and constructive feedback throughout the course;
  • an appropriate distribution and frequency of assessments throughout the course.

Remote Teaching Assessment Resources

Looking for information about assessing learning while teaching remotely? Visit the Assessment section of our Remote Teaching website which includes the following resources on Assessment:

  • Academic Integrity;
  • Assessing Group Work and Participation;
  • Assessing Performance and Demonstrations;
  • Assessing Produced Materials, Media and Assignments;
  • Assessing Quizzes and Exams;
  • Creating Rubrics;
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI);
  • Peer Assessment;
  • Pedagogical Strategies for Online Final Assessments;
  • Using eClass to Help Assess Learning.

CTL Documents

Read (CTL blog posts)

Thanks for Coming! (or, Should We Give Marks for Showing up to Class?)

Thanks for Coming! (or, Should We Give Marks for Showing up to Class?)

September 8, 2016
How does an instructor assign (or a student receive) a grade for participation if the student is absent? As response to this concern, some instructors assign participation marks for class attendance. Is this best practice? Is it an appropriate response to a challenging situation?

Listen (podcasts)

Teaching PLUS

Developing more authentic graduate classroom assessments…taking risks and enhancing learning

April 14, 2020
This episode, Dr. Simon Otto discusses how he went about developing and successfully implementing a four-day experiential learning exercise and performance assessment.

Two-Stage Exams

March 20, 2019
Exams are a pretty common practice in post-secondary courses. Typically, exams consist of students showing what they know in a quiet room by individually writing an exam, but what if we thought of them differently? Carla Starchuk, an instructor with the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, joins Ellen Watson, Educational Developer at the CTL, to talk about her exams that take place in two phases - individual and group. Curious? Listen to this episode to know more.


Samira Elatia

Transformative Assessment through a Matrix of Feedback with Dr. Samira Elatia

September 11, 2019
Teaching is not a one size fits all approach; it is not the application of a single method. Teaching is eclectic and dynamic.
Samira Elatia, Professor, Associate Dean Graduate Studies, Campus Saint-Jean


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