Improving assessment

Improving student assessment

Assessment – in particular effective assessment – has greater bearing on successful learning than almost any other factor. Increasing student numbers are adding to marking workloads for staff and students express more dissatisfaction with assessment and feedback than with any other aspect of their learning experience, according to the National Student Survey (2015). JISC have produced the […]

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Panopto for student assessment

Panopto is more commonly known as a lecture capture tool, that allows capture of slides and screens along with audio, as a way for blending learning, or providing extra resources for students, or for capturing classes (particularly beneficial for students with learning disbilities, or for those less confident with English. However, it can also be […]

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Nearpod for creativity, engagement and assessment

Nearpod is an online, interactive tool that allows you to create interactive multi-media presentations, and share them with your classes. Your students can then interact and submit responses with through their own devices, and you can monitor and measure student progress, both individually and by aggregate. In this video Anne-Gaelle Colom of the University of […]

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Bringing feedback to the forefront

Feedback is a key area of student concern and and important area across the HE sector. However, marking work and giving individual comments and feedback to students is time- and energy-sapping for lecturers, so how can we rethink marking and feedback to make it work better for students? Writing the Guardian, Andrew Tharby, and English […]

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Padlet as a tool for collaboration and active learning

Padlet is a great mobile learning tool that easily allows collaboration between students in the classroom, enabling peer learning to take place, and co-creation of resources. The finished Padlets can then be shared, allowing them to be posted to Blackboard for future reference. In this Video Claire Humprheys from the University of Westminster’s Faculty of […]

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Mobile learning in science and technology

Mobile learning enables to student to learn in new and innovative ways, and adds greater flexibility to group working, co-creation, work flows and collaboration. In this series of videos, called Transforming the Classroom Through Mobile Learning, staff from the University of Westminster‘s Faculty of Science and Technology introduce a range of mobile technologies, and how […]

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Trans inclusion at university

Moving to university and starting a new phase of life can offer particular challenges and opportunities for students who identify as transgender, or trans. Despite the recent increase of trans visibility in public life, coming out as trans can often be difficult and trans identities are still not widely understood. What does trans / transgender mean? […]

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Principles of assessment

When designing assessments the following principles should be considered: Validity Reliability 
Transparency Inclusivity and equitability Relevance Manageability Practicability Range of assessments Assessment criteria Validity Perhaps the most important principle, validity asks you to consider if the assessment task assess what you want it to assess?  If students are asked to ‘evaluate’ or ‘analyse’ are these […]

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Ethical assessment considerations

Ethical assessment raises two major questions when designing assessments. Are our assessments fair? As we construct assessments it is important to make sure that they are based on relevant material that students have had the opportunity to learn during the course.   Assignments also should be free of any bias that would give some students a […]

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Why are lecturers using flipped classroom?

A flipped classroom (view image) is one that inverts the typical cycle of content acquisition and application so that students gain necessary knowledge before class, and instructors guide students to actively and interactively clarify and apply that knowledge during class. Like the best classes have always done, this approach supports instructors playing their most important role […]

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