The Principles of Assessment and Feedback for Learning
The University of Glasgow Leading Enhancement in Assessment and Feedback (LEAF) initiative identified the need for clear objectives in Assessment and Feedback design across the University. Motivated by this demand, and taking inspiration from existing research in Higher Education, we have developed the Five Principles for Assessment and Feedback for Learning. The goal of the design was to ‘develop a set of simple practice-oriented principles based on research that specify but do not over-specify what needs to be done’ (Nicol & Draper, 2009). The Principles are intended to be aspirational, and will serve as a benchmark for Assessment and Feedback design across the University.
The Principles encourage multiple routes for implementation, allowing them to be adapted into the curriculum design across all four Colleges. To facilitate this, we have gathered a selection of examples for how each Principle can be implemented, inspired by case-studies of good practice. In addition to this, we have identified a selection of possible outcomes for each Principle, making it easier to target specific areas within assessment and feedback.
Assessment and feedback for learning should...
1. facilitate flexibility and choice
2. support development as a learner
3. foster interaction and dialogue between students and staff
4. develop skills and attributes in addition to subject knowledge
5. promote a positive impact on student confidence and motivation
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