How to asses for improvement of learning

Henk Vos

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    This review summarises and builds on a seminar about assessment of student learning in higher education. Assessment can be looked upon as simply something that has to be done at the end of a course. During the course of discussions at the seminar the participants became more aware how assessment can have an impact on learning. This means that assessment can be used as a means to improve learning. This realisation is not a new one, but it is highlighted here in a more coherent and concise way than usual. Many alternative methods of assessment are possible. Some instructional design rules will be presented here for designing assessment sessions in such a way that learning can be improved. When designing an assessment method, one can be guided by the following considerations. The content of assessment should be chosen in accordance with the learning outcomes one hopes to achieve. The organisation of assessment can be designed in such a way that the desired learning process is promoted. The outcome of assessment can provide feedback to many of the stakeholders: to the students on their learning process; to the faculty on its outcomes; and to the teacher by pointing out the following steps to be taken in improving assessment, learning and teaching. 1
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227-233
    Number of pages7
    JournalEuropean journal of engineering education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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