Part 10: Fall 2019 Labs

186 Evaluating Learning — Questions and Feedback 09.04.2019

On September 4, 2019, several participants and contributors of the Active Teaching Lab gathered to discussed new strategies and approaches for assessment design and how to grapple with intrinsic and extrinsic motivations of students in our courses.


  • Low stakes quizzing keeps students on track with course materials while also providing you with clear indications of how your students are engaging with course materials.
  • Consider using question banks for your quizzes–they provide an opportunity for a maximum of exposure to course content while potentially keeping each student’s quiz experience unique. Using a question bank for non-graded quiz questions might also be a beneficial review practice for students as well.
  • Ask your students! Elicit their input on drafts of rubrics, use anonymous surveys as an avenue for students to reflect on their assignments and evaluations.

For more information visit the session’s activity sheet.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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