Identifying, prioritizing, and aligning learning goals to assessments with the iTGI

The Interactive Teaching Goals Inventory tool provides instructors with a valuable resource to align their learning goals with various assessment techniques. Developed using Angelo & Cross's (1993) paper-based inventory, the tool prompts instructors to rate learning goals on five levels from essential to teach and assess to not important to teach or assess. All the goals are worthy of attention and teachers are often tempted to rank them all highly. However, the aim is to help teachers focus on what is truly essential to teach and to assess in a specific class and connect them with the right assessment tools.

Screen capture showing the learning goals on the left and the categories into which they will be sorted on the rightOpens the iTGI tool in a new window

An article in the Distance Education Report (2016) describes the use and benefits of the tool. 

Distance Education Report, Volume 20, Number 3 (page 4) (PDF)

To try the tool for yourself click over to the interactive Teaching Goals Inventory (iTGI) v. 2.0 and see if you can narrow down your essential and very important goals to teach and to assess to 3-5 items.

If you would like to learn more about how you might use any of these techniques in your course, contact your instructional designer. For questions or comments about the iTGI or the Classroom Assessment Explorer, please contact Sydney Brown at If you have used any of these CATs in your course, we'd love to hear about your experience.