Assessment and Evaluation
The terms assessment and evaluation are often used interchangeably. However they are quite different in how and when the review is implemented, the focus of the review, and what is done with the findings of the review. The table below compares assessment and evaluation.
|Content: timing, primary purpose||Formative: ongoing, to improve learning||Summative: final, to gauge quality|
|Orientation: focus of measurement||Process-oriented: how learning is going||Product-oriented: what’s been learned|
|Findings: uses thereof||Diagnostic: identify areas for improvement||Judgmental: arrive at an overall grade/score|
Assessment and evaluation encompass everything from institutional level to individual student level outcomes within a course. This section of the website focuses on assessment and evaluation in student learning and instructor teaching.