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Assessing assignments and theses

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Target group Lecturers who would like to improve the quality of written assignments as well as the quality of the assessment of written assignments and theses.
Date Individual track
Level * (No (educational) experience required)
Study load 10 hours
Book Developing Effective Assessment in Higher Education (2007), by Sue Bloxham and Peter F. Boyd
Price EUR 150; not including the price of the book
Certificate If the submitted assignments are discussed in the meeting and assessed as sufficient, you will receive a certificate.
Trainer Yta Beetsma

This course 'Assessing assignments and theses' is part of the Nestor course 'Assessment and testing in Higher Education'. The course will mainly consist of independent study and will be tailored to your teaching situation as much as possible. You will study literature (see book) and complete assignments that are posted in the Nestor environment. These assignments will be discussed in a meeting to be scheduled in between or at the end of the course.

This module provides tools to ensure the quality in the exam process. The following framework will be used: 1) the RUG Assessment Policy of 2014 with 15 assessment requirements to reach good assessment at the university, 2) the quality requirements validity, reliability, transparency and efficiency and 3) designing a course according the principles of constructive alignment (intended learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment are aligned).

The following tools will be practiced:

  • (re)formulating learning outcomes using active verbs,
  • checking the quality of the learning outcomes,
  • describing the instruction you give to the students,
  • checking the quality of the instruction in the assignment or thesis,
  • describing the process of grading and the used assessment criteria,
  • designing a marking scheme,
  • reflection on the pitfalls in human rating,
  • relating the 15 assessment requirements to reach good assessment at the university to your course,
  • reflection on the process of grading and the marking scheme according to the quality requirements validity, reliability, transparency and practicability.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to apply the relevant tools to ensure validity and reliability in the assessment of written assignments and theses in your own situation.

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