Developing Quality Formative Assessments

Monday, January 24, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

Presentation Delivery Mode: Hybrid


For those who have opted attend the session via web conference, log-in as a guest at This is a Blackboard Collaborate Session.


The workshop starts at 12:00 p.m. and we kindly request participants who have opted to attend via web conference to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 12:05 p.m. 


Student learning and progress is ‘assessed’ in its most basic form via grades. But grades should only be the end result of a series of measures, or assessments, implemented by instructors to fully evaluate what students are actually learning and understanding. Depending on the assessment method used, instructors can measure “in the moment” a student’s level of comprehension, critical thinking, skill development, and achievement of learning outcomes. Not only do good assessments help students learn in tandem with instruction, they also engage students directly with the material and provide feedback to the instructor as to quality of instruction so that corrections can be made as needed.

Assessment types will certainly vary depending on the content, course structure and size, delivery modality, and individual instructor. This session will highlight the breadth and scope of assessment methods, both formal and informal, and best practices for implementation whether in small or large classes, online or face-to-face. Practice examples will be shown to illustrate the value of different assessment types that effectively and objectively measure achievement of different kinds of learning outcomes.


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Michelle L. Hardee
TA Training Program Manager
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the Program Manager for graduate student teaching assistant (TA) programs in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She is responsible for developing CTE’s graduate TA training seminars, managing GRAD 701, the Teaching Assistant Development course, and helping students progress through the Preparing Future Faculty Program. She coordinates regularly with the Graduate School and other university academic partners on graduate student professional development workshops and events. Hardee received her Ph.D. in Marine Science here at UofSC and taught throughout her graduate program. She is currently an instructor in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment at UofSC, teaching the Honors section of the Oceans and Society course and Environment of the Earth (GEOL 103). Throughout her 25-year teaching career, Hardee has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training, including at Coastal Carolina University and the College of Charleston.