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Techniques for Assessing
Learner Attitudes, Values, and Self-Awareness

Assessing Course-Related Learning & Study Skills,
Strategies, and Behaviors


  1. PRODUCTIVE STUDY-TIME LOGS - instructor makes up a simple log in sheet for the students to record the amount of time spent studying, when they study, and how productive they were while studying. Then the students turn the Study-Time Logs in at a specific date and time that the instructor chooses.

  2. PUNCTUATED LECTURES - this technique requires instructors and students to follow a simple five step procedure: listen (to the lecture), stop (the lecture), reflect (your behavior and understanding of content), write (insights to course material), and give feedback (on how it was taught and if there were any distractions).

  3. PROCESS ANALYSIS - students record the steps they take to carry out a representative assignment and comment on the conclusion of their approaches. Beneficial for physical procedures such as music, dance, physical education, etc.

  4. DIAGNOSTIC LOGS - students write up focused versions of the academic journals. It includes an analysis/summarization of what the student learned in that course. The student then reviews what was written and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses and the different possibilities for solving them.

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