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Varying the forms of assessment will not only increase the skills of your students, but will also enhance their learning and engagement with the task. This sheet aims to provide ideas for alternative form of assessment.
When measuring practical skills, ensure that what you want to assess is clearly defined, linked to your learning outcomes and made clear to students.
Essays: different types of essays exist but all generally measure understanding, synthesis and evaluation. Questions need to be framed with care and marking can vary widely between assessors.
This is often provided in the form of multiple choice questions which can provide instant feedback. It is often advisable that computer based assessment is used formatively only as a secure, invigilated environment may not be available for summative assessments.
This is an ideal format to promote student engagement and reflection. See Top 10 tips on Self, Peer and Group Assessment.
It is useful to provide a rehearsal session to improve confidence, and also to involve students in peer assessment to avoid the boredom of watching several presentations. Video recording is useful, so consider the venue and time required.
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