Create assessments that promote learning for all students

A pie with three pieces connected by arrows indicating the continual loop of assessments, analysis, and feedback.

Assessments inform us of student understanding and allow us to measure the achievement of course aims. In addition, assessments function as a critical component in course design and can serve as learning tools. In this resource we draw upon evidence-based practices to create a comprehensive collection of strategies for designing, administering, and grading assessments, while keeping in mind ways to support a diverse population of learners.

This resource offers concrete suggestions for instructors, examples of applications of strategies by UMN instructors, and links to additional resources and references. The content and approaches address different teaching formats so as to be useful whether you teach online, face-to-face, or in a hybrid format

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What general guidelines can I follow when creating assessments?

6 evidence-based guidelines for designing and administering assessments.

General Guidelines

How do I ensure my assessments are equitable for all students?

Principles for equitable assessment practice.

Equitable Assessments

What types of assessments can I use in my course?

Descriptions and strategies of five traditional assessment types and a list of non-traditional assessments. 

Types of Assessments

How do I create an overall assessment plan for my course?

Guidelines for incorporating assessments into overall course design.

Assessment Plan

How do I prepare students for assessments?

Guidelines for supporting your students’ performance on assessments, regardless of the type you use. 

Prepare Students

How can I reduce students’ anxiety around exams and assessments?

Strategies for reducing exam anxiety.

Reduce Student Anxiety

How can I effectively, efficiently, and fairly grade assessments?

Strategies for effective, efficient, and fair grading of assessments. 

Grade Assessments