Evaluating Student Work: Making Sure It’s Effective

Besides the obvious reasons for evaluating student work (e.g. for the administration, for an accrediting agency, because a grading system exists, etc.), the primary reason for doing so is because it can aid student learning, and serve as a useful teaching guide.

To be most effective as a teaching and learning too, the evaluation of student work should meet the following criteria:

1.     Evaluation of student work is clearly connected to learning goals, which are outlined in the course syllabus.

2.     Evaluation techniques are measuring those learning goals.

3.     Criteria for evaluation are clearly stated, either on the syllabus or on a project information sheet.

4.     Student work is being evaluated against those criteria.

5.   The results of the evaluation are being fed back into student learning and into teaching methods for that course.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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