Evaluating Learning and Assessing Teaching

Evaluating student learning takes time and effort, but well-designed tests and consistent grading procedures provide students with valuable information about what and how they are learning. Providing timely, effective feedback helps students learn better, improve performance, and develop cognitive skills.

Learn how to construct assessment tools that measure and reinforce student learning; and develop clear and fair grading practices, including rubrics.


Testing is an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their understanding of the facts and processes they are learning and to receive feedback from their instructors. Instructors can learn how effective they've been in facilitating learning for their students.


Grades measure achievement and progress with standardized, objective criteria—but they also reflect personal philosophy and human psychology as well.

Assessing Your Teaching

Your teaching methods deserve regular scrutiny and updating. Learn how to identify what and how to improve, and to document your development as a teacher.