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Getting Started with Classroom Assessment Techniques

Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are simply proven strategies that instructors can use to determine whether and how well students are learning course material. This seminar prepares you for using formative assessments to improve student performance on critical summative assessments.



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A Test Before the Test

Tests and papers are big deals. Students worry about them because those assessments are so critical to their grades.

And no matter how we feel about the value of grades, we have to admit that they matter a lot to students.

What if we could give students a way to identify what they know and what they don’t before the big exam arrives or the term paper is due?

That way, they could focus their effort on learning the concepts that elude them or refining their understanding of other ideas.

And they wouldn’t have to wait until the test or paper came back to discover where they went off track.


There are specific tools that can facilitate the process and reveal invaluable information about students’ progress in your courses.

These tools, or classroom assessment techniques, help students learn more course material and perform better when it really matters—on big exams and papers—and they help you achieve greater success in your own teaching without a tremendous amount of additional effort.

In this Magna Online Seminar, learn some specific tools to try, as well as how to implement them in your teaching without redesigning a course or rewriting a syllabus.

These are actionable strategies you can implement immediately in the courses you already teach.

Learning Goals

Getting Started with Classroom Assessment Techniques prepares you to make changes that yield results. More specifically, after this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Articulate your primary teaching goals for one of your courses
  • Distinguish between formative assessment and summative assessment of student learning in that course
  • Describe how formative assessment of student learning can be used to improve teaching and aid documentation of teaching effectiveness
  • Plan how to implement one or more classroom assessment techniques in that course
  • Locate additional resources, both online and print, on implementing classroom assessment techniques

Topics Covered

Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are simply proven strategies that instructors can use to determine whether and how well students are learning course material.

Using CATs can help you identify and address areas of confusion so that your students will perform more successfully on examinations and assignments.

This seminar demonstrates a few common CATs, including the Minute Paper, the Misconception Check, the Background Knowledge Probe, and Teacher-Designed Feedback Forms.


Getting Started with Classroom Assessment Techniques would be particularly useful for the following:

  • Faculty at all levels in all disciplines
  • Adjunct faculty
  • New instructors
  • Faculty unfamiliar with classroom assessment techniques
  • Graduate teaching assistants
  • Department chairs
  • Instructional designers
  • Center for teaching and learning staff


Order today. You can learn how to prepare your students and yourself for greater success in Getting Started with Classroom Assessment Techniques.

Product Code: PC14MA


Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days.


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