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Four Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Posted by Web Systems on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 9:29am

As noted by Tara Fenwick and Jim Parsons in Four Traps, in the assessment process, there are four common pitfalls that instructors should try to avoid:

  • Measuring what's easy (instead of what is most important)
  • Underestimating the learning embedded in evaluation (evaluation is a learning opportunity i.e. "evaluation shapes knowledge")
  • Unexamined power
  • Reductionism (teaching to the exam)
  • While writing effective assessment criteria may seem a daunting process, there are many tools that instructors can use to gauge their assessment tools.