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Assessment futures

Key assessment elements

Assessment practices can be constructed from elements combined into an appropriate task. While terms like self assessment, peer assessment, self-testing, feedback, are familar, it can be more useful to focus on the specific aspects from which tasks are built. The features of an activity that contribute to learning can then be identified and new combinations made to suit a wide range of circumstances.

Many elements have the potential to be used beyond their original study area.

Assessment elements discussed here include:

  • elements that are part of teaching and learning in a course, and
  • parts of assessment that commonly lead to marks and grades.

Assessment is intrinsic to learning; good assessment contributes to learning as well as to grading.

This is a smorgasbord of ideas rather than an agenda to be followed. It would be unusual for a very large number of the elements discussed to be part of a course.