Designing assessment to develop and assure student learning outcomes
Lawson, R. (2014) Designing assessment to develop and assure student learning outcomes. In: AACSB Assessment Conference 2014, 17 - 19 March 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana
Quality in teaching and learning is a key issue in Higher Education in Australia. Therefore it is important for institutions to be able to make the expectations they have for their students explicit and then assure that these expectations have been achieved, using this process to inform continuous improvement. The question is how we ensure that these attributes are developed during degree programs, with the answer lying in the strong influence of assessment design on student learning. It is well acknowledged that assessment methods have a greater influence on how and what students learn than any other single factor and so it is crucial that they are developed to foster learning of desired outcomes rather than to purely grade student achievement. This presentation derives from an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching National Fellowship into Curriculum design for assuring learning in business education - leading the way. The fellowship focuses on effective principles to design assessments that not only assure learning but also encourage development of learning outcomes.
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