Here's How – Student Assessment

1. Align assessments to learning objectives cont'd

Aligning assessment materials to your learning objectives may seem like common sense. However, we cannot reinforce enough the importance of using measurable verbs when creating your own objectives. The more precise you are with stating your learning objectives, the easier it is to design assessment materials and communicate expectations to students.

 For example, a common mistake is to use the verbs understand or know when writing learning objectives:

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to

- Understand the following terms …

- Know how to do the following steps…

There are many ways for a student to demonstrate that he or she understands or knows any given term or step-by-step process. Restating the objectives with a measurable verb is much more succinct:

At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to

- Define the following terms …

- Chart the following steps…

 


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