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MCQs - answer sheet

Multiple choice questions or MCQs

MCQs, or multiple choice questions, are often called fixed choice, selected response or multiple choice items because they are not always questions, and they require students to select from among various options that are presented to them. The options are fixed, meaning they can be scored rapidly, often using automated online systems, providing quick feedback […]

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Types of assessment methods

Forms of assessment

Particularly useful for those approaching assessment design as a relatively new teacher, James Atherton has put together a collection of assessment methods here that introduce various different forms of assessment that are currently available. They do not purport to offer comprehensive accounts of any of them, but try to offer some guidance for the teacher […]

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Assessment - putting the pieces of learning together

Methods of assessment overview

This overview of assessment methods is likely to be useful to those new to learning and teaching practice and assessment design, and goes through the differences betweeen formative and summative education, and some examples suitable for each. Formative (Low-Stakes) Assessments Formative assessment techniques monitor student learning during the learning process. The feedback gathered is used […]

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Bloom's taxonomy - assessment and active learning

A-Z of assessment methods

Assessment is currently the cornerstone of measurement of attainment in education and as such must be valid, reliable, transparent and equitable. It must test what it says it will test in assignment briefs in ways that are clear to students, achievable, and actually test what a module or programme of learning sets out in its […]

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Sir Ken Robinson - Bring on the learning revolution

Bring on the learning revolution

The learning revolution was the focus of a seminal 2010 TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson. Watched over five million times, creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Although the focus here is on […]

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iPads in the classroom literature review

In 2013 the London Knowledge Lab published a literature review into use of iPads for learning in the compulsory education sector. Many of the findings in the literature review and executive summary are transferrable to post-compulsory sectors, hence inclusion here. Following is an excerpt from the executive summary: In the three years since the iPad […]

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Digital education

Digital education – what the research says

The term digital education encompasses the profound challenges posed to learning, teaching and training in the digital age and the resulting changes to learning and teaching practice. In 2015 the London Knowledge Lab in collaboration with University of Nottingham and the Open University launched the first of a new series of events designed for those […]

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Supporting student group work

This resource came about as a result of a Westminster Change Academy (WCA) Project “Supporting Student Group work” lead by John Begg in the University of Westminster Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. It is intended to provide guidance for staff using assessed group work. Rationale At an institutional level, the WCA project is […]

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