Discover approaches for creating a supportive classroom environment where assessments are seen as opportunities for growth rather than sources of anxiety.

Videos [5]

From Grades to Growth: Reimagining Assessment with Ungrading

Emily Dosmar explains the ungrading movement and explores how educators can shift focus from grades to growth and engagement.

Authentic Assessments: How to Measure Student Learning in Real World Contexts

Michael Strawser explains how authentic assessments allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in meaningful ways.

How to Use Ungrading in Your Classroom

Dr. Emily Dosmar shares how you can implement ungrading principles into your classroom and empower your students for better outcomes.

VIDEO: Grading with Heart: How to Design Authentic Assessments and Rubrics

Stephanie Speicher, PhD, shares research-based strategies to create relevant, authentic, and real-world assessments and rubrics that can be aligned to your course.

Creative Assessments for Online Learning

This session took place during Course Hero’s 2020 virtual Education Summit, from July 29-31, as a part of the
Online Teaching track.

Articles [22]

Grading with AI: An Ethical How-To Guide for Teachers

In this piece, learn how to use generative AI tools in ethical ways to enhance and speed up your grading practices.

10 Alternative Grading Strategies that Foster Student Development

Use these alternative grading strategies to change the focus in your class to knowledge acquisition and self-reflection.

How to Use Ungrading in Your Classroom

Dr. Emily Dosmar shares how you can implement ungrading principles into your classroom and empower your students for better outcomes.

6 Tips for Improving Your Students’ Debate and Critical Thinking Skills

Thea Alvarado, EdD, has created a structure for in-class and online debates that inspire students to rethink their worldview.

Students Teaching Students: 4 Ways to Foster “Discovery Learning”

Oluwole Ariyo, PhD, a biology professor and advocate of encouraging student inquiry, offers four organic ways to help students drive their own learning.

3 Extra Credit Assignments Your Students Will Actually Want to Do

To introduce chemistry students to new research, Dr. Ellen Matson uses extra-credit assignments with fun foci: Web surfing, live events, and Twitter.

5 Teaching Tweaks to Make the Most of Mastery-Based Grading

To help underrepresented students succeed in organic chemistry, Dwight Williams, PhD, switched to mastery-based grading.

Beyond Flashcards: Introduce New College Students to Concept Maps

To get students to move beyond memorizing terms to connecting concepts, Naomi Wernick, PhD, blows their minds with some creative diagramming.

Exam Wrappers (with a Twist): 3 Steps to Assess Study Habits

Jutta Heller, PhD, shares her before-during-after exam wrappers, which help her biology students improve their test prep.

Teach Outside the Box: The “Question Everything” Edition

Educators share how they inspire students to ask (and answer) more questions—and more types of questions—on their own.

Oral Assessments: How and Why They Are Worth the Time

When Dr. Martin St. Maurice replaced written tests with oral exams, he gained new insight into his biology students—and built stronger bonds.

Flipped Assessments: Replace Exams with eReports and Mastery Checks

When Dr. Thomas Mennella flipped his biology class, he found that his old tests were not working. So he changed his exam approach, too.

Teach Science Writing with Peer Review—and Vice Versa

To help biology students become better writers, readers, and peer reviewers, Dr. Pamela Kittelson has added a writing lab to her courses.

Real vs. Fake News: How to Add Critical Thinking to Any Lesson Plan

Course Hero educator partners share how they demystify academic literature and foster critical thinking skills to help students avoid getting duped.

The Public Exam System: Simple Steps to More Effective Tests

Dr. Benjamin Wiggins uses time-tested exam-creation methods to address language barriers, low-level thinking, poor study skills, and other test problems.

Build Critical-Thinking Skills by Examining Popular Health Claims

To help her biology students separate fact from fiction, Brigitte Morin, MS, has them compare notes from popular media versus evidence-based research.

5 Eye-Opening Exercises for Students in Helping Professions

Dr. Yelando Johnson and Dr. Natalie Grant devised a series of exercises to give students the self-knowledge they need to enter social work with eyes open.

Erase Knowledge Gaps in Online Classes by Adding Peer Support

Online courses make it easy to work solo, but Dr. Susan Wright found that solo study inhibits success in accounting, so she added teams and TAs.

5 Assessment Tricks That Inspire Deeper Learning

Organic chemistry professor Dr. Stephen Branz shares simple tweaks to quizzes and extra credit that boost motivation—and success.

5 Effective Thinking Exercises from the Elective Everyone Loves

What will students remember from your course in 20 years? Dr. Edward Burger offers a few exercises in effective thinking that can be used for a lifetime.

11 Steps to Help Students Conduct Effective Research Surveys

Dr. Jerrod Penn shows his agricultural economics students how to use cold facts and human behavior to craft a survey that provides useful results.

10 Ways to Use Universal Design to Help Language Learners Succeed

To make Spanish more accessible to all of her students, this professor drew inspiration from the ADA accessibility laws and modifications.

Ebooks / Printables [3]

Enhancing Student Learning with Creative Video Projects [Free Ebook]

Learn how to foster creativity and promote active learning with video projects.

Build Deliberate Practice in Your Students—in Any Course [Free Ebook]

Ben Wiggins, PhD, shares how he leverages evidence-based techniques to provide opportunities for students to practice critical skills in a low-stakes but high-impact format.

The Power of Self-Assessment: How to Help Students with the REDO Technique [Free Ebook]

Fabiola Torres provides strategies for students to Reflect, Edit, Discover, and Observe their own performance so they can articulate their own learning patterns and identify obstacles.