Assessment design

Evaluating understanding and progress, and providing constructive feedback are essential components of any course. Students need to know that they are 'getting it' and teachers need to know that their materials and practices are working.

Matching assessment design to the learning outcomes is a key step to ensure there is alignment between:

  • your intended learning outcomes;
  • student learning activities and
  • the formative and summative assessment you require them to undertake.

Assessments should provide evidence that students have achieved the learning outcomes.

The method of assessment you choose should reflect the type of knowledge or behaviours described in the learning outcomes. So for example, if a learning outcome related to using a piece of technology, the learning activities and the assessment should involve “using” – so observation or peer review assessment could be an option. It would not be appropriate to ask the students to write about using the piece of technology. You would not be able to assess your students’ use of the technology.

In the following pages you’ll find more information on writing assessment criteria and questions, group work and reflective practice.

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Assessment feedback feedforward policy and guidance

This Policy is to be read in conjunction with the guidance document. The policy and guidance applies to all HE provision.



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