The mechanisms by which we assess our students and evaluate their progress against course outcomes are powerful signals to them of the knowledge, skills and experiences deemed important by our professions and our disciplines.  Evaluations are key drivers of student effort and student learning, and the more authentic and applied these assessments, the more effective they are as learning tools.

‘Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves:

  • making our expectations explicit and public;
  • setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality;
  • systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well student performance matches those expectations and standards;
  • and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance.’

(Angelo, T. A)
Classroom Assessment Techniques,
By Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross.

Supporting Assessment Design and Revision

The CAE supports effective assessment design and revision by providing:

  • Individual consultations and feedback related to course evaluation structures, assignment descriptions and associated rubrics or other grading supports, evaluation approaches tailored to specific course delivery formats (i.e. face-to-face, blended or online), and/or the implementation of new evaluation practices.
  • Targeted research and environmental scans into the efficacy and applicability of specific assessment strategies or frameworks
  • Guidance related to applying Universal Design for Learning principles in assessment design
  • The Course Design and Renewal Institute

For more information on effective assessment design and feedback practices in the post-secondary context, review the (Introduction to Assessment module NEEDS LINK).

For specific information and resources regarding evaluation and assessment in the Niagara College context, download the Niagara College Evaluation Guide.

To inquire about any of the supports and services mentioned above, please contact our Project Assistant, Sharon Everett at [email protected].