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

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Investigations in university teaching and learning; elective; assessment; engagement; option; confidence
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: School of Social Professions (to June 2021)
Centre for Professional Education and Development (CPED)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 14:40
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 16:03


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