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Assessment Strategies & Learning Activities

INSTRUCTIONS: Determine the approximate level of critical thinking necessary to achieve the student learning outcome and find the corresponding Bloom’s action verb on the table.  Next, find activities that closely align with the action verb, and select one to use as a learning activity and/or to measure student learning outcomes.

For example, if the learning outcome is to memorize anatomy terms, students will need to “remember and understand.” A multiple choice quiz may be appropriate to measure learning vocabulary words and reading may be an activity that helps students build their knowledge base. However, if the learning outcome requires higher order thinking skills, a multiple choice quiz would not be an appropriate metric of student learning. For example, if the learning outcome is to evaluate a case study, students must be engaged in an activity that builds that skill, such as a debate. The debate itself can serve as an assessment of how well students are able to evaluate case studies.

NOTE: Most activities on the table can be used as assessments and/or learning activities.

Level of Support for Learning Outcome


Good -----------------------> Poor

While you can modify most activities to involve almost any level of thinking, some activities are more conducive to certain kinds of thinking than others. The circles in the table below indicate the most appropriate uses of each activity under most circumstances.

Recommended Lower Order Thinking Activities and/or Assessments

Recommended Higher Order Thinking Activities and/or Assessments

Learning Activity and/or
Assessment Strategy
Remember Understand Apply Analyze Evaluate Create
One Minute Paper
Concept Mapping
Fish Bowl
Problem-based Learning
Socratic Seminar
Case Studies 
Peer Review
Structured Academic Controversy
Collaborative Assignment
Role Play