Final Assessment Beyond CEQ's

The Writing Program's CEQ (better known as the student eval with the bubble sheet) is not your only resource for assessment in the classroom, though it is the only form of assessment required for ENWR classes.

Here are some additional options.

Narrative Assessment

Narrative assessments are best when gathered in a focus group environment, so that students can tell their stories without feeling that they have space limitations, can compare and respond to each other's experiences, can be prompted to speak by others' statements, and so on. The Teaching Resource Center will provide an experienced facilitator to conduct such a session for you (they call it a Teaching Analysis Poll or TAP). TAPS do a terrific job of providing specific, confidential information about how your students have responded in any particular semester. Ideally, TAPs should be scheduled at mid-term (when there's still time to make changes), but they can be done nearer the end of the semester.

Observational Assessment

An experienced teacher can see things that your students probably can't, and can offer advice that wouldn't occur to students. There are many possible teachers you could ask to observe your class: a Writing Program staffer, your advisor or another faculty member, or any graduate instructor.

The Teaching Resource Center will also videotape your class and review the tape with you if you ask.

Outcomes Assessment

You can compare your students' writing from the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester, or ask a Writing Program staffer to take a look at their final portfolios and offer some sense of their strengths and weaknesses.