Have regular check-ups
When asked about what’s helped their learning the most, students pointed to formative assessments such as end-of-chapter quizzes and concept checks.
“The quizzes [throughout the readings] helped me to stay on track of what I was learning and know what I needed to go back and look at before moving on,” said a Laurier University student.
Assigning low-stakes, formative assessments regularly requires little effort but offers huge benefits for both students and instructors:
- It improves students’ memory and understanding through retrieval practice
- It gives students a chance to check their understanding and revisit key ideas immediately after learning
- It provides instructors with more insight into the areas students are struggling with. Instead of waiting until midterms to check their understanding, you can assess progress early as students proceed and adjust your teaching accordingly.
To save time and avoid additional workload, you can use the pre-built quizzes, essays, and assignments with automated grading in courseware platforms.
“It is helpful for me to create quick assignments that can be graded by the computer, allowing me to save many hours of grading time and follow each student’s progress through the data,” said a Chemistry professor from a university in Alberta.
Some platforms like Revel even have interactive activities and quizzes integrated throughout the textbook so students can read, learn, and practice in one continuous experience.