TCU Online offers a variety of formative and summative assessment tools. The following comparison chart can help you consider various options and decide which to use.
|Feedback for student||Feedback is released based on setup of quiz by instructor, which may or may not be instant depending on settings.||Feedback is released after completion is in the form of a report.||Feedback is instantaneous after answering a question or completing the self-assessment.|
|Reporting for student/instructor||Instructors can see individual student answers and connect the results to a grade item in the gradebook.||Instructors can see the responses, but results cannot be tied to a grade item.||Instructors can see who has taken a self-assessment but cannot see how individual students did, or connect the results to a grade item.|
|Use Case||Formative/Summative – ideally suited for summative assessment; with formative assessment, the tool takes too many clicks.||Ice breaker to get students to access previous knowledge of a topic.||Diagnostic – to help students gauge retention midway through topic.|
|Use Case||Pre-Assessment – use the quiz tool to act as a diagnostic before the course begins. Set up release conditions to provide content that students need based on their answers.||Diagnostic – to help gauge student retention midway through topic.||Self-Awareness tool – students can test themselves without the pressure of a graded item. They are allowed to make mistakes.|
|Use Case||Acknowledgment – use the quiz tool as a form for agreeing to criteria in your course. “Check here to confirm you won’t cheat.”||Class Perception – builds a community of learning, as cohort can see opinions of other students.||Case Studies – use the power of storytelling to elicit answers to demonstrate new knowledge!|
|Use Case||Course/Instructor Feedback – great for getting feedback on how a course was perceived.||Ask your virtual tutor! – use self-assessments to bounce ideas off of and to act as your personal tutor.|
|Use Case||Pre-Assessment – inspire students to engage with class material by seeing how much they already know, and convey the course objectives simultaneously.|