When adapting new teaching methods in your class, assessment is essential to determine their effectiveness. Before choosing instruments, you must first determine your objectives.


What is the objective of your assessment?

  • to improve your own teaching
  • to garner support for sustainability/funding
  • to publish findings


Once your objectives of assessment have been established, you can then determine the type of instrument required. These tools may measure student abilities as described below,

  • Content acquisition
  • Science process skills
  • Research techniques (working with datasets, etc)
  • Quantitative analysis skills
  • Communication skills
  • Collaboration skills


Or they may measure personal outcomes such as

  • Student satisfaction
  • Career/major choice impact
  • Self-confidence
  • Science identity
  • Retention in major


Additional Resources

Bishop-Clark, C. and Dietz-Uhler, B. (2012) Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: a Guide to the Process, and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish. Stylus Publishing, Inc. Sterling, VA


Nolan, D., & Perrett, J. (2016). Teaching and learning data visualization: Ideas and assignments. The American Statistician70(3), 260-269.


Visualization Assessment Rubric



Iowa State University Resources

Research Institute for Studies in Education at ISU

ISU Qualtrics Survey Hosting Service

SALG: Student Assessment of their Learning Gains

ISU Institutional Review Board