53 interesting ways to assess your students

Volume editor: Victoria Burns

53 interesting ways to assess your students53 interesting ways to assess your students offers reflective practitioners in professional and higher education practical ways to develop broad, flexible assessment repertoires. The 53 suggestions are designed to support both assessment of learning and assessment for learning.

Topics include written tasks, examinations, problem-based activities, live and authentic forms of assessment, assessment over different time scales, interpersonal aspects – such as group work, student involvement, and feedback – and quality assurance.

This is the third edition. The original authors were Graham Gibbs, Sue Habeshaw, and Trevor Habeshaw. This new edition includes contributions by Victoria Burns, Gavin Brown, Robin Burrow, Kate Edwards, and Karl Nightingale.

“I highly recommend that lecturers at any stage of their career take time to look at 53 interesting ways to assess your students. […] I particularly hope it will challenge experienced lecturers who have long relied on traditional staples such as unseen exams and set essays to see the rich possibilities of assessment.” – Dr John Canning, Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)

Contents: Abstract ∙ Series information ∙ Publishers’ foreword ∙ Contributors ∙ Editor’s preface ∙ Introduction ∙ Choosing assessment method ∙ Chapter 1  Essays ∙ Chapter 2  Short formats ∙  Chapter 3  Projects and laboratory classes ∙ Chapter 4  Live assessment ∙ Chapter 5  Problem-based assessments ∙ Chapter 6  Authentic assessment ∙ Chapter 7 Assessment over time ∙ Chapter 8 Assessing groupwork ∙ Chapter 9  Examinations ∙  Chapter 10  Involving students in the assessment process ∙ Chapter 11  Feedback to students ∙ Chapter 12  Other considerations.

Key terms: authentic assessment; assessment; examinations; feedback; learning; marking; peer assessment; practicals; presentations; quality; self-assessment; tasks; and written assessment.

ISBNs and formats:

  • PB: 978-1-907076-52-7
  • ePub: 978-1-907076-54-1
  • PDF: 978-1-907076-53-4

Extent: 192 pp.
Imprint: The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd

Publisher: Frontinus Ltd
Place of publication: Newmarket

Published: July 2015.

‘Assessment is at the heart of the learning process. It provides evidence of what students have learned and, more importantly, the effectiveness of teaching. This publication raises important questions about the extent to which assessment is considered as an intrinsic element of preparation for teaching. It should be essential reading for all involved in teaching and lecturing.’ – Dr Colin Conner, formerly Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge

‘I highly recommend that lecturers at any stage of their career take time to look at ’53 interesting ways to assess your students’. Although I suspect many of its readers will be academics at the beginning of their careers I particularly hope it will challenge experienced lecturers who have long relied on traditional staples such as unseen exams and set essays to see the rich possibilities of assessment.’ – Dr John Canning, Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Brighton (http://johncanning.net/)

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