Assessment, Test, and Assignment Design

OTEI Resources:

(Video based on OTEI workshop; 19:51) Rubrics can help you save time when grading, provide effective feedback for your students, and promote student learning. Learn what a rubric is, why and when to use different types of rubrics, and how to develop a rubric. You can find a rubric template, support materials, and rubric examples at

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Assessment of Student Learning Gains

Known as the FLAG site, it summarizes research done at several major universities on assessing students learning gains and the most effective methods, as perceived by students. The site gives access to a broad collection of classroom assessment techniques for science, mathematics, engineering and technology courses.

Constructing Written Test Questions

The National Board of Medical Examiners wrote this 181-page guide for faculty in the basic and clinical sciences but its good advice applies to all disciplines. It includes these topics, among others: sampling, psychometric considerations, multiple-choice items, matching items, true-false items, one-best-answer items, technical flaws in items, "irrelevant difficulty" and imprecise terms.