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Assessment is an important driver of our students' learning. What is assessed is a key determinant of what your students will learn.

  • Assessment design can help distribute workload throughout the semester.
  • Designing assessment directly around key learning outcomes focuses students' attention on the most important learning in the unit/program
  • Students are more likely to participate in non-assessable unit of study components if they can see clear benefits for their assessment tasks.
  • Assessment is dear to our students' hearts.  In fact, Ramsden (2003; p. 182) notes that from "our students' point of view, assessment always defines the actual curriculum".
  • Assessments are opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes.
  • Students also have opportunities to learn by completing an assessment and getting feedback on their performance of an assessment task.
Student doing an in-class quiz