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Library Resources for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Consider this library guide as your bookshelf. These Okanagan library books are only steps away from your office.

Marking and Feedback


 Reconceptualising feedback in higher education: developing dialogue with students 

Edited by Stephen Merry, Margaret Price, David Carless, and MaddelenaTaras   

LB1033.5 .R425 2013


In promoting a new conceptualisation and a repositioning of assessment feedback within an enhanced and more coherent paradigm of student learning, this book:

• analyses the current issues in feedback practice and their implications for student learning. • identifies the key characteristics of effective feedback practices • explores the changes needed to feedback practice and how they can be brought about • illustrates through examples how processes to promote and sustain effective feedback practices can be embedded in modern mass higher education.


Assessment essentials : planning, implementing, and improving assessment in higher education.

Trudy W. Banta, Catherine A. Palomba

LB2366.2 .P35 2015

Outcomes assessment is of increasing importance in higher education, especially as new technologies and policy proposals spotlight performance-based success measures. Leading authorities Trudy Banta and Catherine Palomba draw on research, standards, and best practices to address the timeliest issues in higher education accountability. New topics include:

  • Using electronic portfolios in assessment
  • Rubrics and course-embedded assessment
  • Assessment in student affairs
  • Assessing institutional effectiveness

Effective grading : a tool for learning and assessment in college.

Barbara E. Walvoord, Virginia Johnson Anderson.

LB2368 .W35 2010

This new edition of the classic book has been thoroughly updated and revised with the latest research. The book offers a hands-on guide for evaluating student work and examines the link between teaching and grading. The authors show how to integrate the grading process with
course objectives and offer a wealth of information about student learning. The book also includes information on integration of technology and online teaching, and is filled with more illustrative examples, including a sample syllabus. This revised resource can help any professor enrich student learning in the classroom.

Giving Students Effective Written Feedback

Burke, Deirdre


This book focuses on one of the key issues in student assessment - delivering student feedback. It considers feedback from both the perspective of tutor provider and student receiver to offer new insights into the impact feedback has on student performance.

  The text provides an opportunity to explore research and contemporary concerns about the function and impact of written feedback, and offers practical guidance on how to give more appropriate and effective feedback. The text also explores strategies for tutors to use with students to ensure that they make full use of tutor feedback.

A complete guide to rubrics : assessment made easy for teachers of K-college.

Audrey M. Quinlan.

LB3060.37 .Q56 2012

This book takes a developmental perspective at the use of scoring
rubrics to assess student work. Citing developmental characteristics of
each age, the author presents examples and adaptations of assessment
rubrics on a variety of subjects for teachers from kindergarten through

Evaluating teaching and learning : a practical handbook for colleges, universities and the scholarship of teaching

David Kember and Paul Ginns

LB2331 .K386 2012

Evaluating Teaching and Learning explains how evaluation can be more effective in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning and introduces broader and more diverse forms of evaluation.

This guide explains how to develop questionnaires and protocols which are valid, reliabile and diagnostic. It also contains proven instruments that have undergone appropriate testing procedures, together with a substantial item bank. The book looks at the specific national frameworks for the evaluation of teaching in use in the USA, UK and Australia.

It caters for diverse methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative and offers solutions that allow evaluation at a wide range of levels: from classrooms to programmes to departments and entire institutions.

The teaching portfolio : a practical guide to improved performance and promotion/tenure decisions

Seldin, Peter.

LB2333 .S46 2010

Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition of the classic hands-on resource offers a comprehensive review of all the facets developing teaching portfolios. This new edition will contain new perspectives and ideas; an expanded section on web-based electronic teaching portfolios ; a sample of colleges and universities that shows how they have implemented portfolios; real-world teaching portfolios of twenty-one faculty members and a report from a university provost on what he looks for in a portfolios submitted for promotion.

Assessing the online learner : resources and strategies for faculty

Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt

LC5803.C65 P34 2009

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Written by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, experts in the field of online teaching and learning, this hands-on resource helps higher education professionals understand the fundamentals of effective online assessment. It offers guidance for designing and implementing creative assessment practices tied directly to course activities to measure student learning. The book is filled with illustrative case studies, authentic assessments based in real-life application of concepts, and collaborative activities that assess the quality of student learning rather than relying on the traditional methods of measuring the amount of information retained.

Assessing 21st century skills : a guide to evaluating mastery and authentic learning

Laura Greenstein

LB3051 .G715 2012


Go beyond traditional paper-and-pencil tests!How can you measure student mastery of 21st century skills like creativity, problem solving, and use of technology? With numerous rubrics and checklists, a step-by-step model for developing your own classroom assessments, a lesson planning template, and sample completed lesson plans, this book discusses how to teach and assess:

  • Thinking skills: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and metacognition
  • Actions: communication, collaboration, digital and technological literacy
  • Living skills: citizenship, global understanding, leadership, college and career readiness

Reframing writing assessment to improve teaching and learning

Linda Adler-Kassner, Peggy O'Neill


Adler-Kassner and O'Neill show writing faculty and administrators how to frame discussions of writing assessment so that they accurately represent research-based practices, and promote assessments that are valid, reliable, and discipline-appropriate.

Assessing students' written work: marking essays and reports

Catherine Haines


This practical and realistic book is designed to help practitioners who wish to improve their effectiveness in assessing a large and a diverse range of students. It will help them to:

  • clarify their role in assessment
  • gain confidence on issues and terms and consider variations between discipline
  • compare and extend their current range of solutions to common problems with advice from practitioners
  • consider in more depth essays, reports and projects, plagiarism and language.

Machine scoring of student essays: truth and consequences

edited by Patricia Freitag Ericsson and Richard H. Haswell

PE1404 .M315 2006

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The current trend toward machine-scoring of student work, Ericsson and Haswell argue, has created an emerging issue with implications for higher education across the disciplines, but with particular importance for those in English departments and in administration. The academic community has been silent on the issue—some would say excluded from it—while the commercial entities who develop essay-scoring software have been very active.

Machine Scoring of Student Essays is the first volume to seriously consider the educational mechanisms and consequences of this trend, and it offers important discussions from some of the leading scholars in writing assessment.

Clinical instruction and evaluation: a teaching resource

Andrea B. O'Connor

WY18 .O265 2006

Designed to effectively guide instructors within the learning process, Clinical Instruction and Evaluation: A Teaching Resource provides clinical nurses with the theoretical background and practical tools necessary to succeed as a clinical nursing instructor. The theory used to support the practice of clinical education is presented in a straightforward, easily understood manner. This book offers approaches to structuring clinical experiences for students, evaluation student performance, and solving problems encountered in clinical settings.