The potential use of elective assessment

Searle, Andrew (2006) The potential use of elective assessment. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 3 (2). pp. 13-17. ISSN 1740-5106


This paper explores the potential use of elective assessment (EA), which is defined for the purposes of this paper as an assessment that makes a contribution towards the final module mark but is treated as optional by the student. It occupies a place somewhere between formative and summative assessment. As stated by Yorke (2003), "[t]he central purpose of formative assessment is to contribute to student learning through the provision of information about performance". Formative assessment can strengthen the student learning experience through assimilation of feedback from the tutor (Carless et al., 2006), but does not necessarily carry marks. Summative assessment, on the other hand, judges the student’s attainment of the learning objectives for a module (Elton, 2003), and usually involves the award of grades.

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