Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education
There is no doubt about the importance of assessment: it defines what students regard as important, how they spend their time and how they come to see themselves - it is a necessary part of helping them to learn.
This text provides background research on different aspects of assessment. Its purpose is to help lecturers to refresh their approach to the assessment of student learning.
It explores the nature of conventional assessment such as essays and projects, and also considers less widely used approaches such as self- and peer-assessment. There are also chapters devoted to the use of IT, the role of external examiners and the introduction of different forms of assessment.
With guidelines, suggestions, examples of practice and activities, this book will become a springboard for action, discussion and even more active learning.
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Introduction to the text
What is assessment?
Multiple choice questions
Assessing practical work
some related approaches
Using computers in assessment
Changing assessment procedures
Reliability validity and examining
Quality standards and underlying issues
examples of examination questions in arts law and social sciences
Notes and comments on activities
Some further reading
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