Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are generally simple, non-graded, anonymous, in-class activities designed to give you and your learners useful feedback on the teaching and learning process as it is happening.

Why Would I Use CATs?
Classroom assessment is a learner-centered, formative, and ongoing approach to help you find out what students are learning in the classroom and how well they are learning it. Frequent use of CATs can provide you with real-time information about student’s comprehension. This feedback can help inform your teaching for current and future class time.
When Can I Use Cats?
CATs are useful in courses requiring problem-solving. CATs are useful to gauge learners level of comprehension of a topic during a lecture.

Krista Hoffmann-Longtin

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis