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What is Summative Assessment

Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education
A procedure that evaluates outcomes of student learning, which measures students’ ability to demonstrate course knowledge or skills.
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Evaluation of Course Curriculum and Teaching: Guidelines for Higher Education Instructors
James P. Coyle (University of Windsor, Canada), Irene Carter (University of Windsor, Canada), Derek Campbell (University of Windsor, Canada), and Ori Talor (University of Windsor, Canada)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4458-8.ch017
Abstract
In order to be effective teachers, higher education instructors must do more than evaluate the content of their courses. They need to assess curriculum design and methods used for teaching and assessing student learning. This can be challenging since instructors may receive little training in effective methods for teaching adult learners. This chapter explains the reasons why instructors should evaluate their courses and describes the characteristics of effective course curricula, teaching methods, and procedures for assessing student learning. A Curriculum Evaluation Checklist is proposed as a useful tool that has practical benefits for instructors who evaluate their curricula and teaching.
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