Assessment and Learning: Is there a difference?

This post is provided by guest blogger, Jessica Munkvold, graduate student at University of St. Francis, Joliet, Il., MS Training and Development program.

Is there really a difference with assessment and learning? I mean we use assessments to show what we have learned, right? Well that may be the case but are we using assessments correctly? We use tests, quizzes and papers to assess how much our learners

have learned, but are we using it to our advantage? With assessments, we can use different tools within a Customer Management System (CMS) to ensure the learners are learning and retaining the information. These tools include: tracking how often the student is logged in, what they look at most often, and what resources they use within the CMS. Along with the tests and other testing materials, we can make sure our learners are getting the most out of the course.

With the rise of E-learning, there are numerous studies to review on this topic, and different universities also have information regarding student outcomes. The following two sources were very useful and reliable.


IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Prineas, M. (2011, October). Assessing Learning in Online Education: The Role of Technology in Improving Student Outcomes. Retrieved September 11, 2018, from (Links to an external site.)


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