The ways that instructors design and use assessments have profound effects on both what students learn and how deeply they learn it. By carefully designing student assessments, both instructors and students can get information to advance student learning.
Feedback has been known to be an important part of the learning process. Especially when coupled with deliberate practice, feedback can help students spend their time mastering aspects that they need to focus on most rather than practicing what they already know.
Rubrics are best for assignments or projects that require evaluation on multiple dimensions. Creating a rubric makes the instructor’s standards explicit to both students and other teaching staff for the class, showing students how to meet expectations.