Assessment of ARTH 1121 Renaissance to Modern Art

Spring 2008

 

There were four exams.

 

Summation of cumulative scores

 

Objective #1: to become familiar with important works of art. Students met this objective through slide IDs.

 

Exam #1: 90%           Exam #2: 92%           Exam #3: 90%    Exam #4: 93%

 

Objective #2: to develop the ability to analyze the formal properties of works of art. Students met this objective through various short answer questions.

 

Exam #1: 82%           Exam #2: 86%           Exam #3: 87%      Exam #4: 84%

 

Objective #3: to develop an understanding of the relation of art to its social context. Students met this objective through various short answer questions.

 

Exam #1: 61%           Exam #2: 84%           Exam #3: 78%     Exam #4: 81%

 

 

The studentsŐ performances in all areas were fairly steady and pretty good. The one dramatic dip in performance (regarding objective #3 on exam #1) had to do with a particularly difficult question that I had never used before on an exam. Now that I have a better idea of how students misconstrued the question and misinterpreted the ideas necessary to answer it correctly, I can adjust the way I teach and review those ideas.