Assess students’ prior knowledge to inform course adjustments

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Assess students’ prior knowledge to inform course adjustments

Students come to us with a wide range of preexisting knowledge, skills, and experiences. Because learning new knowledge is dependent on preexisting knowledge and skill, knowing what students know and can do before beginning a new course or new topic can help you adjust the course to address gaps and misconceptions and build on the existing skills and interests of your students.

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