Designing assessment

As we have already suggested, assessment is inescapable for our students. It allows us to measure their learning and gives them information about what they know and what else they need to learn to be successful. Ultimately, of course, assessment allows us to award degrees to our graduates. At The University of Glasgow, we have decided that the guiding principle for all our assessment practice is that it should be assessment for learning, not just assessment of learning. This emphasis is important because it points to our desire as an institution to ensure that assessment is art of the learning process for our students, not just a measure of our students’ performance.

To support this, we have designed a series of Principles that we encourage you to consider when designing assessment, and series of Essentials that must be part of any assessment design.