Course Design in Small Bites – Tapas on Assessment and Activities


Tapas #3 & #4 of the Teaching by Design series examine assessments (from formal, graded assessments – exams, papers, projects to informal, ungraded assessments – also known as Classroom Assessment Techniques) and activities that will reinforce learning outcomes you have determined for your course.

Tapa #3 – Assessment

The Tapa #3 narrated presentation addresses key questions related to authentic assessment, assessments that ask students to demonstrate and perform their knowledge in a relevant, real-life context, which can help to increase student motivation.  Incorporating two examples demonstrating revision of “traditional” assessments into “authentic” ones, the Tapa addresses both formal and informal dimensions of assessment.

The informal assessments provided by CATs – or Classroom Assessment Techniques or CATs – are designed to provide feedback on how and what students are learning, and on how well they know and can apply course concepts. CATs offer faculty a lens into the how and what…

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