Evaluating student participation in tutorials or seminars can be a challenge for everyone from first time TAs to experienced instructors.
Recently, I came across an interesting suggestion posted on the Student Participation/Active Learning page on the website of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. They offer the suggestion of providing students with the opportunity to assess themselves part-way through the term and receive feedback. The blockquote below shows the choices that the University of the Sciences suggest for students to engage with for self-assessment:
- I contribute worthwhile comments several times during every class. Please cite an example
- I contribute one or more worthwhile comments almost every class. Please cite and example
- I often contribute or participate in class discussions. Please cite an example
- I occasionally contribute
- I rarely contribute