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Topic 2: How do you choose an assessment method?

Question: What factors do you need to consider when choosing an assessment method?

This question moves us on from identifying assignment tasks which we considered to be ‘good’ in the previous topic, to trying to analyse why tasks are effective, and what might be considered to make them so. We began this discussion in Topic 1

Task: Evaluate an assessment method

Choose one method of assessment that you haven’t used before and evaluate its suitability for use in a course you are familiar with. You can refer to this list, which includes guidance, or this list, which only has the titles of possible tasks, but is a much longer list and may give you some interesting ideas.

Maybe you don’t usually get much choice about the type of assignment which is used in your course. If that’s the case, you can still imagine what might happen if you chose something different from the usual selections. It may still help you in analysing the tasks you are more accustomed to using.

There is a downloadable Word template to help you to consider different factors in selecting an assignment task. You can complete and send us this template, or you can use your own system for evaluating the task.

You can send the completed analysis to us in various ways:

  1. email them to us – see our addresses on the ‘who are we?‘ page
  2. post your files in Google drive (used to be Google docs) or in Dropbox* or another file-sharing service, and send us the link – either using our email addresses or just by posting in the community area if you are happy to share with others. We will provide feedback in the way you specify – either privately via email (default) or by commenting on the post.
  3. use, or set up, your own WordPress or other blog, post your reflections there and send us the link – either using our email addresses or just by posting in the community area if you are happy to share with others. We will provide feedback in the way you specify – either privately via email (default) or by commenting on the post. (You never know, it might be the start of an exciting blogging career…)

Recommended resources:

Case studies on the use of technology in assessment produced by the Learning Innovations team at MMU http://lrt.mmu.ac.uk/li/category/assessment-feedback/

MMU CELT assignment resource.

MMU Writing learning outcomes resource produced by Rod Cullen

Race, P. (2014) “Essays: some thoughts “. http://phil-race.co.uk/essays/   (download the word file from this page)

Sally Brown’s Assimilate Project, which contains Innovative Assessment Case Studies for Masters’ Level assessment, but could be used to give you further ideas for other courses. http://assimilate.teams.leedsmet.ac.uk/case-studies

Yorke, M., et al. (2002). “Does Grading Method Influence Honours Classification?” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 27(3): 269-279. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02602930220138624#.UwSABWKKXTo (access will depend on institutional subscriptions)

 

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