Professor David Carless

tickDesigning and carrying out effective assessment The ‘class’ takes as its starting-point a position that well-designed assessment tasks are one of the most

Professor David Carless
Professor David Carless

important factors in promoting student engagement. First, I will present some examples of well-designed assessment task designs from my recent research. Then I will invite the audience to contribute their ideas on assessment task design. I will relate the audience ideas to key relevant concepts in the literature. Finally, I will suggest a set of principles for effective assessment task design and implementation; and will invite critique from the audience.

 Who the Masterclass is aimed at? 

The Masterclass is aimed at colleagues in the tertiary sector who wish to use assessment task design to promote student engagement and the development of higher order learning outcomes.

What delegates should gain from attending? 

The delegates will gain new ideas for designing and carrying out effective assessment; and will be invited to re-appraise some of their existing thinking. Handouts will summarise and extend some of the key issues discussed. The discussion will be practical in orientation, whilst being well-grounded in recent research and the relevant literature. The session draws on the following book which is in-press and will appear in April or May 2015:

Carless, D. (2015). Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from award-winning practice. London: Routledge.

David Carless is Professor of Educational Assessment and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. His next book will be published by Routledge in April 2015 and is entitled: Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from award-winning practice.

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