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Display course 'Testing and Assessing in Higher Education' (click to enlarge)
Display course 'Testing and Assessing in Higher Education' (click to enlarge)

The courses on testing and assessment are part of the Testing and Assessing course in Higher Education. The longitudinal learning path is visible in the flowchart which visualizes how the courses from the Testing and Assessing in Higher Education course follow on each other. An active approach of the participant is central in all modules, using examples from their individual work situation.

What is testing?

What students learn is for a large part determined by testing. Testing is often considered as the motor of learning. Tests are often taken after an education period, using the results to determine whether students fail or pass; this is called summative testing. Moreover, tests are used to assess student progress in reaching the educational goals. This is formative testing.

Ways of testing

The following types of test can be used to assess knowledge, comprehension and application: tests with closed questions, tests with open questions and oral exams. Academic skills are expressed in the writing of essays and theses, performing practical work, working on projects, and working on a portfolio.

Quality of testing

We use four perspectives to look at the quality of testing: 1) the testing requirements as formulated in the assessment policy of the University of Groningen, published in 2014; 2) the RUG policy with regard to ICT in testing (digital testing) 3) the quality requirements for validity, reliability, transparency and efficiency, 4) the tools per step in the testing process with which the quality of testing can be improved.

What constitutes our course offer?

The Testing and Assessing in Higher Education course consists of a number of modules that deal with relevant aspects that can be applied in university education. They are summed up below:

NB: if you don't have yet any prior knowledge about the Dutch educational system, we advise you to follow the course 'Introduction to the Dutch Educational and Grading system' first, before following one of the other courses in the 'Testing and Assessing in Higher Education'. The 'Individual Assessment Programme' is meant to go deeper into the topics from the course 'Testing and Assessing in Higher Education'.

Working method of our courses

This training is part of Testing and Assessing in Higher Education in the Nestor environment. Your self-employment is central and the course is as much as possible connected to your educational situation.

It is expected that you read literature and make assignments that are placed in the Nestor environment. The assignments are discussed during a meeting.

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