The assessment challenge – aligning learning outcomes; teaching-learning strategies and assessment


Module design and assessment methods have a profound effect on the learning strategies adopted by students. Effective design can ensure that programmes meet identified educational needs and that teaching methods and assessment strategies are selected to achieve programme objectives.

Rethinking your assessment strategies can help to either make traditional methods of assessment more efficient or to shift more of the responsibility of assessment to the student.

This workshop will focus on the process of deciding the “shape” or “configuration” of a module from learning outcomes stage through development of teaching-learning experiences and effective assessment.  The place of a module within a programme suite of modules will also be explored. This workshop is therefore particularly suitable for programme teams

Key areas of focus will include:
  • Assessment for learning – what kinds of knowledge, skills, abilities, values are we seeking evidence of?
  • Constructive alignment –designing methods of assessing students with a view to increasing effectiveness in enhancing your students’ learning
  • Reflect on current practice, and plan for an assessment redesign that works for you
At the end of this workshop you will be able to:
  • review the main principles of effective assessment and constructive alignment
  • explore different methods of assessing students with a view to enhancing their learning
  • reflect on current practice, and plan for redesign
Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for all academic staff, but is particularly useful for programme teams.

Links to DIT Institutional Objectives

This workshop is considered to support the following DIT institutional objectives:

  • Develop the curriculum
  • Develop and support teaching excellence
  • Develop and support evaluation and review
Facilitated by?

This workshop may be facilitated by  Jen Harvey, Kevin O'Rourke and other staff of the DIT Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre.