Posts By: Anne Quinney

New assessment report from the Office for Students

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A publication this month from the Office for Students (OfS) reports on assessment practices in relation to spelling, punctuation and grammar. This was partly informed by reports from employers that graduates were not meeting their expectations of proficiency in literacy skills. According to the report (paragraph 7b),  “Accurate and effective spelling, punctuation and grammar… Read more »

The EAT project; equity, agency and transparency in assessment.

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The EAT framework, developed by Professor Carol Evans and originally published in 2016, has been re-imagined as part of a European Erasmus +project. EAT is a model designed for staff and students to think about features of effective assessment practice and the interrelated nature of them. There are three core dimensions to the model Assessment… Read more »

Making the new Generic Assessment Criteria available to students.

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The revised version of the Generic Assessment Criteria (ARPP 6f) was approved at Senate in June for implementation in the academic year 2021-22. When you populate your new units in Brightspace you will find a place in the Assessment section where the appropriate level of the criteria, from Level 0/3 to Level 7,  can be… Read more »

Formative assessment – what might it look like?

A good place to start is always the relevant BU policy document, and in this case that is the Principles of Assessment Design Policy 6c. Here are some key paragraphs that set out what is expected. Paragraph 4.3. BU supports the principle of assessment for learning rather than assessment of learning. This is underpinned by a requirement for… Read more »

Thinking about setting exams? What does the policy say?

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Planning for the next academic year will include deciding on the types of assessments you will set in the units you are responsible for. Whilst many adjustments were made as a result of the impact on teaching and learning of the pandemic there are some constraints on the types of assessments that can be set…. Read more »

Updated Generic Assessment Criteria approved

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An updated version of the Generic Assessment Criteria (GAC) has been approved by Senate, effective from the start of the next academic year (2021-2). This was an opportunity to refresh the Generic Assessment Criteria (ARPP 6f ), 5 years since it was last extensively updated,  in order to more closely align with recent Quality Assurance… Read more »

Spotlight on the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit 8: Groupwork

Assessment and Feedback toolkit

The spotlight this week is on the Groupwork section of the Toolkit. Some advantages of using groupwork the development and enhancement of students’ social, interpersonal, intercultural and ‘networking’ skills; the opportunity for students to discuss and develop concepts as well as exchanging and agreeing ideas; the opportunity for a team of individuals to work… Read more »

Report on the 2nd Masterclass with Dai Hounsell and Anne Quinney

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This month’s Assessment & Feedback Masterclass, the second in a series of three, looked at some principles and strategies for effective feedback. Dai Hounsell, Visiting Professor, and Anne Quinney from FLIE, discussed themes raised by the participants  – including flipping feedback; helping students to recognise the range of feedback opportunities (assessment literacy); and two-stage exams…. Read more »

Spotlight on the Assessment & Feedback Toolkit: 7

Assessment and Feedback toolkit

This week’s spotlight is on Flipping Feedback, based on the work of  Dai Hounsell,  Visiting Professor. For many of our students, feedback often comes too late in the assessment cycle to be useful. Often assignments test what the student doesn’t know, or didn’t grasp, rather than supporting the fullest possible learning and understanding. If… Read more »

Spotlight on the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit : 6

Assessment and Feedback toolkit

The spotlight this week is on the Inclusive Assessment section of the Toolkit, identified on the home page of the toolkit by the image below, or accessed by clicking on this link.   Inclusivity is an important aspect of assessment design. In order to set fair assessment tasks we must take into account the… Read more »