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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 used to transform assessment

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 - transforming the classroom through mobile learning

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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Principles of assessment checklist

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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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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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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Assessing group work

Assessing group work

Assessing group work is an issue many academics face, and it is something that can cause contention among students themselves. The University of Melbourne have put together some very useful resources around the decision making process behind choosing assessing group work, what might be assessed, what criteria might be used, and some ways of allocating […]

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Games-based learning for systems analysis and design

Games-based learning is an educational strategy where games and game play are given defined learning outcomes. Games-based learning is designed so that educational content is balanced with game play and the ability of the individual or group of players to apply content learned to simulated situations. The objective here is to prepare the individual to apply the […]

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Designing assessment for learning

More than any other aspect of the curriculum, well-designed assessment is the key to engaging students in engaged and productive learning. This toolkit produced by Macquire University’s Learning and Teaching Centre will help you understand better the implications of assessment and how to design engaging and productive assessments for your students. The toolkit covers: Why […]

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