"Is it on the exam?" Practical tips for changing assessment practices

Overview

Effective assessment not only allows us to gauge progress, but also enables studnets to restructure their understanding/skills, and facilitates more effective learning strategies. This session will address some principles of good assessment practice, and provide practical advice on implementing good practice strategies related to these principles.

Key areas of focus will include:

  • Assessment for learning - what skills do we wish students to develop?
  • Constructive alignment - matching assessment to learning outcomes
  • Alternatives to the terminal exam
  • Providing feedback - challenges and solutions
  • The potential for peer and self assessment mechanisms
  • Putting it into practice - procedures for changing your assessment strategy
Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • review the main principles of effective assessment
  • 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.

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 key skills & competencies in students
Facilitated by?

This workshop is facilitated by staff of the DIT Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre.