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Instructional Support: BOPPPS Model: Post-assessment

What is a post-assessment and why is it important?

Post-assessment activities allow the instructor and learners to assess understanding of the content covered. Post-assessment activities should be aligned directly with the learning outcomes.  

Post-assessment Examples and Resources

Writing and Reflection Activities
Ask the learners to complete one of these tasks:

  • Write down their top three take-aways from the session;
  • The Minute Paper;
  • Write a letter to their parents/their friend summarizing what they learned and why it is important;
  • Turn to their neighbour and tell them most important thing they learned;
  • Develop a one-minute elevator speech about the topic.

Polling software
Free software, such as Kahoot or Poll Everywhere, can be used to create online polls, surveys and quizzes to assess learning. Instructors need to create an account and set-up the questions ahead of time.

Directed paraphrasing
"Select an important theory, concept, or argument that students have studied in some depth and identify a real audience to whom your students should be able to explain this material in their own words (e.g., a grants review board, a city council member, a vice president making a related decision). Provide guidelines about the length and purpose of the paraphrased explanation" (source).

Application cards
"Identify a concept or principle your students are studying and ask students to come up with one to three applications of the principle from everyday experience, current news events, or their knowledge of particular organizations or systems discussed in the course" (source).

Other ideas:

  • ask for a volunteer to share the three most important thing they learned from the session;
  • in a lab session, ask for a volunteer to demonstrate / replicate the experiment