Introducing new assessments
New assessment practices need careful introduction, on multiple occasions, with opportunities for students to raise questions about them. The greater the departure from the status quo, the more effort is required in justification. Students need to be able persuade themselves that what they are doing is worthwhile even while they find it demanding.
Teachers also need to be able to explain why they are changing assessment, so they can explain the benefits and feel sure that their course/module structure reflects this change.
See Convincing staff
Persuade students of the value of an activity so they can support change
A persuasive rationale is vital in engaging students in any unfamilar assessment activities. Vague arguments about the future value of current activities are not compelling.
Many students have been successful with existing assessment and can feel threatened by what they may see as a change in the rules of the game.