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Modules Testing and assessment

The courses on testing and assessment are part of the Testing and Assessing course in Higher Education. 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:

Introduction in the Dutch Educational and Grading System

Date To be determined after consultation with the participants
Level No (educational) experience required
Price € 150
Target group Teachers & teams (in particular international teachers) of the University of Groningen
Study load 6 hours
Number of participants 6-8 participants
Certificate You will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course
Contact

Please contact Educational Support and Innovation Staff Development for more information

Email: docentprofessionalisering@rug.nl

Getting to know the Dutch education system might take some time. Both secondary and tertiary education consists of different types of schools catering to the specific skills, level, and needs of their students. Students' trajectories may also vary as they are able to switch between schools depending on their progress and pursuits. Besides that, the assessment and grading standards at Dutch universities can differ from other countries’ grading culture. This workshop aims to give you a better understanding of the Dutch education system, your students' academic backgrounds and the Dutch grading system. Afterwards, you will be able to better tailor your classes to your students' needs.

Learning outcomes

After succesful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the main characteristics of the Dutch education system related to primary, secondary and tertiary schools.
  • Compare the UG's grading system with grading systems of other countries.
  • Explain how the grading and assessment culture in the Netherlands reflects on your teaching activities.
  • Link (international) students' academic backgrounds to their study expectation and habits.

Driessen, G. (2008, July). Towards citizenship education in the Netherlands. Torino, It: Fieri–Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull ‘Immigrazione.
Driessen, G. (2008, July). Towards citizenship education in the Netherlands. Torino, It: Fieri–Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull ‘Immigrazione.
Introduction to Assessing Students
Expand your skills in the field of assessment
Expand your skills in the field of assessment

Target group Teachers who want to increase the quality of their tests.
Level (No (educational) experience required)
Date Individual track
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.
Trainers Yta Beetsma and Dineke van Es

The course ‘Introduction to assessing students’ is part of the Nestor course 'Assessment 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:

  • the purposes of assessment
  • (re)formulating learning outcomes using active verbs
  • choosing one or more assessment modes
  • reflection on pass mark and score rating transformation
  • a simple test analysis
  • formuling improvements in the exam, course or learning outcomes according to the quailty requirements validity, reliability, transparency and efficiency.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • choose one or more assessment modes taking in account validity and reliability
  • apply the relevant tools to ensure validity and reliabilty in the selected assessment modes

Construction and analysis of multiple choice exams

Target group Lecturers who would like to improve the quality of their examns containing closed questions.
Date This training course is followed individually.
Registration is compulsory.
Level

* (No (educational) experience required)

With the completion of this module you will be exempted for following the component tests in the course University Teaching Skills (UTS).

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
Trainers Yta Beetsma and Dineke van Es

The course ‘Construction and analysis of multiple-choice exams’ 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.

'How do you construct a test with closed questions?' and 'How do you determine the cut-off score for a test with closed questions?' These questions will be discussed in this 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 are practiced:

  • (re) formulating learning objectives with active verbs,
  • choosing a taxonomy of skills (Dublin descriptors),
  • categorizing and classifying learning objectives by skill level using active verbs,
  • designing a testgrid,
  • checking exam questions on reliability and validity with a checklist,
  • formulating different question types,
  • reflection on the cut-off score and rules within the faculty and RUG,
  • reflection on providing feedback to students,
  • assessing the quality of the own exam using the ESI test analysis,
  • formulating improvements in the exam, course or learning objectives on the basis of the quality requirements of validity, reliability, transparency and efficiency

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to apply the relevant tools to ensure validity and reliability in tests with multiple-choice questions to your own situation.

Construction and analysis of open questions

Target group Lecturers who would like to improve the quality of their examns containing open questions.
Date This training is followed individually.
Registration is compulsory.
Level

* (No (educational) experience required)

With the completion of this module you will be exempted for following the component tests in the course University Teaching Skills (UTS).

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 You will be awarded a certificate upon completing and passing the assignments.
Trainers Yta Beetsma and Dineke van Es

The course ‘Construction and analysis of exams with open questions’ 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.

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,
  • choosing a taxonomy of skills (Dublin descriptors),
  • categorizing and classifying learning objectives by skill level using active verbs,
  • designing a test grid,
  • checking exam questions on reliability and validity with a checklist,
  • formulating different question types,
  • reflection on the cut-off score and rules within the faculty and RUG,
  • reflection on pitfalls in human rating,
  • reflection on providing feedback to students,
  • assessing the quality of the own exam using the ESI test analysis,
  • formulating improvements in the exam, course or learning outcomes according to the quality requirements validity , reliability, transparency and efficiency.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to apply the relevant tools to ensure the validity and reliability of tests with open questions to your own situation.

Formulating learning outcomes
Formulating learning outcomes
Assessing assignments and theses
Picture training
Picture training

Bachelor and master theses are a key part of most study programs. Ensuring that theses are properly assessed is thus very important. Yet in practice, this is something supervisors sometimes struggle with, feeling unsure about both formative assessment (how to provide feedback) and summative assessment (how to establish the final grade).

Target group Supervisors of Bachelor's- or Master's students who are writing their theses or coordinators who would like to ensure the quality of formative and summative assessment of theses.
Level No (educational) experience required.
Date Will be announced as soon as possible.
Study load 8 hours
Price € 150
Number of participants 12 participants
Certificate You will be awarded a certificate upon completing and apssing the assignments.
Language English

In the workshop 'Assessing assignments and theses', you will reflect on your assessment methods, exchange ideas with other supervisors, and be supplied with tools that can help you safeguard high quality of assessment, as well as provide you and your students more structure.

After taking part in the workshop, you are asked to complete a number of assignments. The total study load is 8 hours and the workshop is in English. All reading materials will be provided on Nestor. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate.

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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