At the end of this course, students:
- can evaluate the quality of an assessment instrument
- can evaluate the use of assessment data at various levels of education
- can argue what kind of assessment is appropriate for different purposes, at the student, teacher and school level
- are knowledgeable about strategies to influence assessment results, and can argue what they consider legitimate and what not
- can describe how various types of formative assessment are used for improving education at different levels
- can explain which factors enable and hinder the use of assessment data
- can apply knowledge and insights to case descriptions
Relationship with EST labour market (Intended Learning Outcomes [ILO’s] as described in the EST programme specific appendix of the EER):
- This course contributes (strongly) to: Domain expertise, Academic reflection
- To a limited extent, this course contributes to: Design competence, Research competence, Advice competence
- This courses assesses the following ILO’s in some way (can include formal/informal, formative/summative, peer/expert): Domain expertise, Design competence, Advice competence, Academic reflection.
Without proper assessment, one cannot draw valid conclusions about the performance of students, teachers or schools. In this course, we will focus on the basics of assessing and monitoring performance in all areas of education. This will range from paper-and-pencil tests for students, to quality assurance systems at school level, and performance appraisal of internships in vocational education. We will discuss the value of various forms of assessment, explore the different perspectives that school inspectorates employ, and learn more about international comparisons.|
The main message of this course is that assessment is essential, but also complicated. You will be provided with background knowledge that you can use to systematically and critically evaluate assessment choices and assessment-related decisions.
You will apply what you have learned in several (mostly optional) formative assignments, and demonstrate your knowledge and insights in a final digital exam.
The final grade of the course is determined by, and equal to, the grade obtained for the exam.
Relationship with technology:
Technology-enhanced assessment will be discussed.
A digital system for peer feedback will be used
The final exam will be administered digitally.