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Assessment tools

Assessment is critical as a means of improving teaching. Seeking to develop appropriate mechanisms for evaluation of instruction, Research & Instructional Services Department members have created a wide variety of tools over the years. This allows one to pick the approach best suited for your specific needs. The preferred mechanism for assessment at this time is via web-based survey forms since it facilities collection and sharing of data.  More on the history and evolution of assessment at Virginia Tech can be found in Jennifer Nardine and Carolyn Meier's article "Assessing the One-Shot Instruction Session: Leveraging Technology for Optimum Results." Other tools can be found below along with a brief descriptive information on each.

 

Teacher centered assessment tools

The responses for these focus on content, presentation skills, and overall student perception of the session.

Student-centered assessment tools

These attempt to determine what students remember and/or how well they were able to apply what they learned. Some are designed to be used after students have begun actually working on their papers or projects rather than at the conclusion of the instructional session.

Class preparation

Using a General Research Skills Survey as a pre-test can help gauge the basics of what students do and don't already know. A Customized Research Skills Survey works much the same but uses a design and a set of questions that are highly tailored to the needs and resources of a specific discipline. Other potentially helpful preparatory tools include a brief Class Profile and Background Knowledge Probe.


 

Newman Library tour options

Self-guided audio tour

Our primary tour option for individuals is a self-guided, audio tour with a graded quiz that can be used to show attendance for classes that require participation or give extra credit. Locations and services are highlighted, and the tour takes about an hour. You can use your mobile device or check out an iPad from the Circulation Desk.