500 Tips on Assessment (500 Tips) by Sally Brown, Phil Race, Brenda Smith

By Sally Brown, Phil Race, Brenda Smith

During this thoroughly up to date variation of 500 tips about evaluate, the authors examine the questions and the issues that academics face and supply them with functional counsel. Their suggestion is down-to-earth, jargon-free and digestible, protecting such key matters as: placing evaluate into context: most sensible perform, studying results and tracking caliber of evaluate diversified exam codecs: conventional, open-book, open-notes, oral assessments various overview codecs: essays, experiences, sensible paintings, shows suggestions and evaluate assessing workforce studying.  

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As you work through the scripts, note how many students answered each question, and how well they performed. You may begin to realise that some questions have turned out to be very well written, while others could have been framed better. You will find out which questions proved to be the hardest for students to answer well, even when all questions were intended to be of an equal standard. Such feedback and reflection should prove very useful when designing questions next time round. 10 Set aside time for a review.

Build up your list of friends and colleagues in other colleges and exchange with them past exam papers, assignment briefings and marking schemes. This can help you to design new tasks more easily for your own students, and also gives you the chance to seek feedback from such people on your own assessment practices. ’ When reflecting on data from assignment performances or exam results, check that you did in fact succeed in measuring those aspects of student performance that you intended to assess.

They are designed to get you thinking about what can actually get in the way of students’ learning. You may wish to show them to your students and ask them why the advice given here is seriously misguided. Such a discussion may play its part in helping students to understand what is really expected of them in assessment. Furthermore, you may find it interesting to interrogate these suggestions against the values we offered at the start of this chapter, and analyse how each of these suggestions actually violates these values.

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