Assessments and Grades

Rubrics: A Tool to Assess Students' Work

As an adjunct professor you may be confused about how to assess your students' work. You want a process that ensures fairness, objectivity, and clarity and results in students' learning from the assignment and your assessment. One tool that you may want to use to achieve these goals is a rubric.What are rubrics? Rubrics are tools used for grading that are frequently used to grade presentations, pa.... read more

Tips for Creating Effective Exams

One of the biggest tasks of an adjunct professor is creating effective examinations to administer in courses. Examinations should follow the rules of reliability, validity, and fairness (for more on these qualities of effective assessments, check out our blog post here). In the jargon of assessment experts, what we frequently refer to as "questions" are called "items" to avoid confusion, as not al.... read more

What Makes a Good Assessment?

Assessments refer to a "wide variety of methods that educators use to evaluate, measure, and document the academic readiness, learning progress, and skill acquisition of students." Simply put, assessments are how instructors and teachers evaluate whether or not students have learned the taught material. Assessments can range from pop quizzes to final exams to midterm papers and project-base.... read more

Alternative Assessments

In recent years, there has been ballooning interest in developing more authentic and effective ways to measure student learning. Advocates of these alternative assessments, sometimes referred to as "authentic" or "genuine" assessment, argue that their approach focuses more on student learning rather than teaching techniques. Some common types of alternative assessments include performance-b.... read more

Writing the Right Rubric: Tips and Tricks

As an adjunct professor you may be confused about how to assess your students' work.  You want a process that ensures fairness, objectivity, and clarity and results in students' learning from the assignment and your assessment.  One tool that you may want to use to achieve these goals is a rubric. What are rubrics? Rubrics are tools used for grading that are frequently used to grade .... read more