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Lists of examples of verbs that can be used to construct specific, measurable learning objectives at each level of Bloom's taxonomy. Action verbs for writing learning objectives (or learning outcomes) for a course, program, or activity.

This document was created to provide you with a source of options for gathering data on teamwork assignments and projects. You may choose to adopt one of the examples as is, combine elements from several of the examples, or use the examples to identify characteristics that correspond to particular aspects of your assigned work, course content, or student population.

This document describes a specific strategy that provides a collaborative learning experience for students.

A handout that provides information and exercises on how to plan an effective class session.

An easy to use graphical representation of updated Bloom's Taxonomy congitive domain, including definitions.

This two-page handout provides a basic explanation of how to make and use rubrics to improve grading. Print references included.

Brief explanation of several easy-to-use Classroom Assessment Techniques, with examples.

In-depth discussion of planning and writing a case study. Key steps discussed include identifying the reason for using a case study; drafting the case; and piloting and revising it.

This document, excerpted from the Penn State Teacher II, includes strategies for planning, implementing, and grading collaborative projects (aka team work or group work). It includes a discussion of group conflicts.

This document provides an example of a test blueprint, which can be used to help guide test development and ensure that the test questions appropriately reflect the learning objectives of the unit that the test is designed to assess. It can also help students when they study for the test.

This FAQ sheet addresses many issues related to attendance in large classes.

Three examples of simple mid-semester feedback questionnaires.

Penn State Teacher II -- compendium of teaching tips and advice from seasoned faculty and graduate students.

This essay, written by Penn State's Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, John Lowe, describes several useful strategies for collecting course-level assessment about students' study habits and learning, which can be used to improve student learning.

This PowerPoint presentation describes how to us item analysis to determine the efficacy of multiple choice questions.