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Assessment Design

About this topic

This topic focuses in how academics can deliver well-designed assessment as part of new or existing programmes and modules.

It is important to design assessments in a way that actively promotes student learning as well as measuring the attainment of learning outcomes.

A critical element of effective assessment design is ensuring that intended learning outcomes, teaching and learning activity, and assessment are properly aligned. This usually requires careful planning and design of a module, and consideration of how a module will be assessed, both in terms of formative and summative assessment. Getting these essentials of module design right will help students to see the relevance of their assessments. It will also promote the valid assessment of students’ knowledge and skills.

Assessment criteria are a fundamental part of ensuring that both staff and students share a common understanding of what is being assessed and how academic judgments will be made on students’ work. Assessment criteria can support students with their learning, helping them to identify and learn what is expected in their work. Assessment criteria can also inform the delivery of feedback on students’ work.

Using a range of different forms of assessment across a programme can support the development of a range of knowledge, skills and competencies that are expected of a graduate or postgraduate. Assessment design can therefore also support the promotion of graduate employability. Use of a range of methods of assessment will also enable a diversity of students to demonstrate their range of abilities. There are a range of more established and innovative methods of assessment and the resources in this topic can support staff with identifying both appropriate and innovative forms of assessment.

The resources in this topic also provide ideas on forms of assessment that complement academic tutors’ assessment of students’ individual work, including peer assessment and group assessment.

Resources are also included here on the use of technology in promoting technology-enabled assessment, which allows for new forms of assessment and new approaches to traditional forms of assessment.


Case Studies

Student Peer Assessment - Video Case Study

Dr Josh Robinson

Published 17 Feb 2017 • 12 minutes read

Video case study from Dr Josh Robinson from the School of English, Communication & Philosophy about the introduction of peer assessment in one of his modules


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Assessment design

1 recommendations

The opportunities of Panopto within the School of Music

Dr Daniel Bickerton

Published 17 Oct 2019 • 19 mins read

Dr Daniel Bickerton of the School of Music describes how he used Panopto within the School of Music to enable students to evaluate their performances following assessments and receive feedback


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Assessment design | Managing assessments | Providing feedback |

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Inspiring digital creativity through assessment

Dr Paul Brennan

Published 06 Sep 2017 • 17 min read

Dr Paul Brennan of Cardiff University's School of Medicine presents at the Centre for Education Innovation's 2017 Learning & Teaching Conference on the subject of 'Inspiring digital creativity through assessment'.


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Ways of learning | Assessment design | Managing assessments |

1 recommendations

Using Blackboard for formative and summative assessment

Professor Huw Davies

Published 08 Mar 2019 • 6 minutes read

Video case study from Professor Huw Davies from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, talking about the use of Blackboard tests for formative and summative assessment.


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Assessment design | Managing assessments |

1 recommendations

Using a viva voce in a taught module - video case study

Dr Neil Harris

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 12 mins read

Dr Neil Harris describes how he introduced a viva voce oral assessment to one of his taught undergraduate modules within the School of Geography and Planning.


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Assessment design

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PeerWise: A tool for peer-assisted learning in medical undergraduates

Professor Phil Smith

Published 04 May 2017 • 10 mins read

This case study focuses on the introduction of an online tool called PeerWise to first and second year undergraduates within the School of Medicine.


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Assessment design

0 recommendations

Cardiff Resources

Examination feedback in larger groups

Natalie Forde-Leaves

Published 22 Jun 2017 • 22 mins read

In this presentation, Natalie Forde-Leaves examines how Cardiff Business School provides examination feedback to larger groups.


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Assessment design | Managing assessments | Providing feedback |

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Students' expectations of examination feedback

Dr Neil Harris

Published 23 Jun 2017 • 5 mins read

In this presentation, Dr Neil Harris describes the outcomes of his CEI Education Innovation Fund project examining students' expectations of examination feedback.


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Assessment design | Managing assessments | Providing feedback |

0 recommendations

Assessment and Feedback: Working with students

Dr. Kirsten Hamilton-Maxwell

Published 06 Apr 2017 • 7 mins read

A short presentation showing how Dr Hamilton-Maxwell has been engaging her students in the feedback process within the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.


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Assessment design | Providing feedback |

1 recommendations

Using Peerwise within the School of Medicine

Professor Phil Smith

Published 04 May 2017 • 10 mins read

A presentation from Prof Phil Smith on how he uses an online tool called Peerwise for peer-assisted learning in medical undergraduates.


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Assessment design

0 recommendations

Providing effective cohort feedback on examinations

Dr Neil Harris

Published 22 Jun 2017 • 16mins read

In this presentation, Dr Neil Harris examines effective ways of providing cohort feedback on examinations.


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Assessment design | Managing assessments | Providing feedback |

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Marking, grading and giving feedback

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 20 mins read

This set of materials is intended to provide guidance and support for those who are new to assessing and giving feedback and who are asked to implement an existing assessment process.


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Assessment design | Providing feedback |

5 recommendations

External Resources

Writing learning outcomes

Tina Overton

Published 20 Apr 2017 • 7 mins read

Advice on defining courses using an outcomes-based approach.


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Assessment design

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JISC Effective Assessment in the Digital Age

JISC

Published 20 Apr 2017 • 30 mins read

A guide to technology-enhanced assessment and feedback.


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Assessment design

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Aligning teaching for constructing learning

John Biggs

Published 20 Apr 2017 • 10 mins read

This article defines 'constructive alignment' and explores how it can can support the learning activities of students in Higher Education.


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Assessment design

1 recommendations

CEBE Guide to writing Assessment Criteria

Dr Andy Roberts

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 15 mins read

This briefing guide provides advice and a worked example of how assessment criteria can be written to improve the quality of the student's learning.


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Assessment design

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HEA enhancing student learning through effective formative feedback

Charles Juwah, Debra Macfarlane-Dick, Bob Matthew, David Nicol, David Ross and Brenda Smith

Published 20 Apr 2017 • 25 mins read

This resource is for practitioners wishing to improve their feedback practice to students.


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Assessment design

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