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Resources for Effective Teaching

Topic:  Classroom Assessment Techniques

General information
Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are simple, non-graded, anonymous, in-class activities that generate feedback for teachers and students about the teaching-learning process and can aid in course improvement. CATs can be easily incorporated into classes and use up very little time considering the valuable knowledge they provide. Learn more about CATs and their benefits by clicking on the provided links below.

Links to UNM Resources:
Using CATs and Collaborative Learning Techniques: This 5 page pdf guides instructors on the steps to implement CATs, addresses concerns, and give explicit examples of CATs that can be used in the classroom.


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FacNet Resources – UNM faculty who are happy to help in this area:
UNM faculty have volunteered to offer one-on-one advice about classroom assessment techniques and will welcome you to watch them utilize CATs in their classroom.  Contact OSET and we will make arrangements for you to meet.

Click here if you would like to volunteer your expertise to colleagues by joining FacNet.


Links to Useful Resources Outside UNM:
Classroom Assessment Techniques : An online guide to classroom assessment techniques; Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University.

CATs Overview: This webpage offers  a broad overview of CATs and details about specific techniques; The National Institute for Science Education's (NISE) College Level One (CL-1) Team, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Why’s and How’s of Assessment: This link provides numerous examples of CATs that can be utilized in a variety of disciplines; Carnegie Mellon.