Innovative Assessments Repository

Innovative Assessments Repository

This space was created to share innovative assessments from SUNY campuses. If you are interested in adding content to this repository you can share you innovative assessment ideas with the group.

Assessment Categories

The task group determined four main categories of innovative assessment. Four sub-groups were created to explore each of these categories. Use the areas below or at the top of the screen to find more information on each of the assessment categories.

Social Justice Assessment

Social justice assessment considers factors such as race, culture, language proficiency, socioeconomic status, and ability while working to dismantle systems of power, bias, and oppression in evaluation of student learning. Various approaches, including equitable assessment,...
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Real-World Assessment

1) Authentic Assessment Definition: An authentic assessment is one in which the student creates or composes something that is intended for a real audience for a real purpose in a real forum and that receive...
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Multiple Pathways for Assessing Student Learning

This sub-group collected evidence of best practices in assessment using non-traditional methods for student assessment specifically around allowing students multiple ways to progress through the course depending on their preferred learning methods or assessments. The...
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Learning Recognition Assessments

Learning Recognition includes strategies that recognize, assess, and validate all forms of learning, regardless of its source (e.g., classroom, employment, life experiences). Learning recognition assessment strategies provide ways for learners to integrate what they know and...
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Innovative Assessments for Student Learning – SUNY Showcase

Assessment strategies and pedagogy are fertile ground for innovative practices that can reshape and improve how course content is designed and how student learning of the content is assessed. There has been much attention given to course design that does not include looking at how assignments and activities are graded and what feedback students are given. All too often assessment is seen by students as a process with an underlying threat associated with the grading processes, a perspective that affects how students see themselves as learners and whether they are motivated to be achievers. This perception by the student is further exacerbated by the wide variety of assessment approaches students experience from one class to another.  Students are deeply impacted by the linkage of grade performance to financial aid, scholarship funds, and employment, which may interfere with their learning goals and perceptions of value.

To this end a task group was created to explore the latest pedagogical research and practices regarding:

  • Assessment of student learning (and assessment-related task design), including the use of high-technological tools and low-tech tools for assessment
  • Formative and summative assessment and feedback 
  • Connections between assessment, feedback, and grading

How the examples were collected

Faculty and staff from across the 64 SUNY campuses were invited to share their innovative assessment techniques by filling out the Innovative Assessments collection form. The task group members then vet the submissions to ensure all of the needed information and documentation is present before posting to the site. Please feel free the share your assessment ideas that you feel would benefit this collection.

How to use this site

There are multiple ways to use this resources. You can explore the different assessment categories at the top of the page to find out additional information about each and to see assessment ideas that fall into that category.

Recent Assessment Idea Additions

Critical Thinking Skills Assessment

Instructor: Vikram PagpatanCourse/Department: School of Health Professions- Occupational Therapy Program (MS)Institution: SUNY DownstateSubject: Pre-clinical Description A. Vikram has utilized the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT)-...
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Drone Startup Pitch Contest

Instructor: Janet Ochs & Christopher BadurekCourse/Department: Cortland/Computer Applications Program & GeographyInstitution: SUNY CortlandSubject: Computer Science & Geography Description Cortland STEM Professors Engage Students in Drone...
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Voice Thread Annotation

Instructor: Michael KramerCourse/Department: HistoryInstitution: SUNY BrockportSubject: History Description “Developing assignments in history courses that have students use annotation on VoiceThread asynchronous slide lectures that then...
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A Case of Teaching a Technology Course and COVID-19

Instructor: Alireza Ebrahimi & Lorenz NeuwirthCourse/Department: BusinessInstitution: Old WestburySubject: Business Description Integrating Contemporary Topics into Teaching and Learning: A Case of Teaching a Technology Course...
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