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Assessing Student Learning

Assessment of student learning doesn't have to mean a big final exam. Think about each of your course objectives and how students may be able to demonstrate whether or not they've met each objective. A variety of available tools might be a vehicle for students to demonstrate their mastery.

Focus on what’s most important and be flexible everywhere you possibly can be – not only with your students but with yourself as well. As an instructor, you know best what the learning priorities in your courses are. Focus your assessment on those priorities, even if that means coming up with different or even multiple ways to assess the same thing. Don’t feel obligated to use the same assessment approach just because it has worked before or to cover everything you have in the past. Give yourself the freedom to assess different individuals and different groups of students in different but equitable ways and in ways that are compassionate to both your students and yourself.

Reach out via our request assistance form if you would like to discuss innovative ways of assessing your students.

eCampus Assessment Tool and Respondus Monitor

You may use the assessments tool in eCampus to create traditional assessments in your course. For detailed information on the testing tool please visit the instructional tools page in our knowledge base as well as view our testing webinar.

Academic Integrity

If your request was approved by the Provost's office, you may also use Respondus Monitor to proctor your assessment by recording the student through the webcam. It works with the Respondus Lock Down Browser, you can read more at the link below.

You can learn more about eCampus assessments and Respondus Monitor on the assessment page in our knowledge base.

If you were not approved for proctoring there are other ways to promote academic integrity online. The Office of Academic Integrity offers a list of resources to consider.

The University Testing Center in Hodges Hall is available to deliver assessments in a secure environment. Contact Beth Bosley to ask about reserving the space for your course.

Final Exams

Faculty should plan on being able to deliver alternative forms of their final exams (and other course assessments) to students who may be unable to be physically present at the time of their scheduled exam.

The University Testing Center is also available for extended hours during the week of final exams. Contact Beth Bosley for more information about how final exams work in the Center.