Assessments - July 2015

Date Released: 23 July 2015

We often think of assessments as something only to be used at the very end of learning - a way to gauge a student's success in our classes. But there are a number of other useful ways to think about assessments - both as a learning tool for students and for ourselves as instructors.
Formative assessments, for instance, happen during the learning process, when it is to the student's advantage to show what they do not understand or know, as well as what they do understand and know. Summative assessments, on the other hand, are useful at the end of the process, and force the student to show only those things they are confident of, lest they be penalized by the grading process.
The Latin root for the word "assessment" is "assidere", meaning "to sit beside", and it is with this in mind we will approach our session discussing assessments, both formative and summative.
Join us for that session on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen Building (at the corner of Euclid and Adelbert). Please use the Adelbert Road doors.
Pizza lunch, sodas, and water will be provided at this session. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend each session by replying to this email to