Appropriate assessment techniques will be important in the new and revised courses developed by STEMTEC. It has been our experience that school and college faculty who incorporate student-active learning tend to return to their traditional lecture-based teaching over time because they do not receive appropriate feedback on their students' conceptual and skill development. Most faculty are alone in their classrooms and they need continuous reinforcement that their new approaches are working and that students are learning. There are many proven alternative assessment methods appropriate in courses where students are active learners: portfolios, exhibitions, group exams, students writing questions for each other, and journals (Angelo and Cross, 1993). Courses developed by STEMTEC will have suitable assessment methods built into their design.

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