Ideas for Assessments

Here are several creative ways to engage students beyond a final paper or exam:

  • Case Study: Most commonly used in business schools, case studies are applicable to a variety of fields, including STEM disciplines.
  • Concept Maps: Visual displays to link and discuss key concepts.
  • Debates
  • Direct Observation: Do these via student videos or in the online classroom.
  • ePortfolios: Contact the Instructional Technology Lab for technology options at GW.
  • Infographics: Configuring information visually can be a standalone assessment or an act of translation. You might, for instance, ask students to produce an infographic summarizing their final research paper.
  • Interviews
  • Reflective writing and journaling: Students reflect upon their personal learning journey through the course of a class or even an entire degree program.
  • Literature Reviews
  • Local History Project: Connect students to their home or campus communities and familiarize them with using primary sources with a project that connects students to local history.
  • Multimedia Projects: Students practice using multimedia tools (an authentic performance assessment in itself) and build a significant project rather than a collection of course-specific documents that have limited appeal beyond the grading process.
  • Objective-structured Clinical Examination
  • Policy Brief: Non-profits, non-governmental organizations, diplomats, lobbyists, and governmental aides are all required to research and write policy briefs on specific issues of timely concern for their organizations. These briefs are a good way to combine research and writing in an authentic assignment.
  • Tests: Question Types in Blackboard describes interesting ways to pose test questions in Blackboard. Ungraded tests and surveys (which are anonymous in Blackboard) can be used for formative assessment.