Nuanced assessments: More than the final grade

Howell Jackson

Howell Jackson, James S. Reid Jr. Professor of Law, experiments with end-of-semester exams and writing assignments to create opportunities for meaningful, formative feedback through skills practice, reflection, and peer collaboration.

The benefits: Jackson has experimented with multiple choice questions, most recently in Introduction to Securities Regulation, requiring students to select options such as “Clearly no” and “Probably yes” and then write short essays elaborating on a few of the questions they found particularly challenging or problematic.

Quiz statistics (Canvas)

You can view quiz statistics for quizzes that have been published and have at least one submission. You can also download comma separate value (CSV) files to view Student Analysis or Item Analysis for each quiz question.

What are Course Analytics? (Canvas)

Analytics evaluate individual components of a course and evaluate student performance. Course Analytics takes a three pronged approach to creating substantive data for Canvas users.

Mid-course feedback questionnaire

The Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School provides one example of a mid-course feedback questionnaire developed by various faculty. 

Examples of assessments, techniques, and pedagogies

The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) compiled some examples of assessments, techniques, and pedagogies for attendees of the 2015 Faculty Conference: Designing an assessment for learning