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Techniques for Assessing
Learner Reactions to Instruction

Assessing Learner Reactions to Class Activities,
Assignments, and Materials


  1. RSQC2 (recall, summarize, question, connect, and comment) - 5-step protocol is used to guide students to recall, summarize, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize exercises focusing on a previous class section.

  2. GROUP-WORK EVALUATIONS - simple questionnaires used to collect feedback on students' reactions to cooperative learning (where students work together in structured groups toward an assigned learning goal) and study groups-have them evaluate what is and is not going well.

  3. READING RATING SHEETS - short simple assessment forms that students fill out in response to their assigned course readings-how interesting, motivating, clear, and useful readings are from students' point of view.

  4. ASSIGNMENT ASSESSMENTS - focus students' attention on how they carry out their course assignments, and ask them to consider and document the value of these assignments to them as learners.

  5. EXAM EVALUATIONS - allows faculty to examine both what students' think that they are learning from exams, and their evaluations of the fairness, appropriateness, usefulness, and quality of the tests. Can be done anonymously or in groups.

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