Improving your assessment and feedback practice

In 2005, Race et al told us that ‘nothing we do to our students is more important than our assessment of their work and the feedback we give them on it’. We also know that ‘assessment is the engine that drives learning’ (Cowan, 2005) and that ‘feedback is the oil which can lubricate this engine’ (Race, 2005). In creating this Toolkit, we hope that it will support you to consider the assessments and the feedback you provide, ask if they are supporting your students to learn and if the evidence suggests not, enable you to make changes to really improve your students’ learning and so their experience at Glasgow.


Race, P. Brown, S. and Smith, B. (2005) 500 tips on assessment. 2nd Edition, London. Routledge.

Cowan, J. (2005) In: Designing assessment to enhance student learning.

Race, P. (2005) In: Designing assessment to enhance student learning.

Ferrell, G. (2013) Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology: from tinkering to transformation. Final synthesis report for the Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme.