Assessment practices are critical to improving teaching and learning and are often the most powerful element of the curriculum as far as students are concerned. Well-formulated assessment ensures that students have clear expectations of what’s required of them, and is an important tool for teachers to use to stimulate the type of learning that they want their students to achieve. Often assessment is the primary vehicle through which students are afforded an opportunity to develop and demonstrate key generic skills, such as critical thinking or teamwork.
Tutors play an important role in the assessment of students’ work and in ensuring that students receive helpful feedback on their work. However the extent of that role will be largely dependent upon the nature of the assessment tasks, and on your subject coordinators’ expectations of you in relation to assessment and marking. It is important therefore that you seek guidance and direction from your subject coordinator or tutor-in-charge in all matters related to assessment and marking of student work.
This section is organized around 3 main issues that tutors often face in relation to feedback and assessment. In grading and marking we identify some of the key issues surrounding fair grading and marking practices. Effective written feedback provides guidance in supporting student learning through the quality of written feedback given on essays or reports. Finally, in-class feedback is designed to assist you to think about how you might open up a dialogue within your tutorial that would help students reflect on how they are going.