About this Course
Are you a teacher in higher education wanting to get the best out of your students and assessments? Then on behalf of Risbo, Erasmus University Rotterdam, we would like to welcome you to this MOOC on Assessment in Higher Education. In this MOOC we will guide you through the different phases of preparing, creating and evaluating the assessments in your course. After participating in this MOOC, you will be able to: 1. Design an assessment that is constructively aligned (content, level, methods) with the course objectives and activities 2. Apply the quality criteria with respect to validity, reliability and transparency for construction of assessments and assessment items 3. Analyze the assessment output and results, assess the quality of the assessment and make decisions about students’ grades accordingly 4. Formulate future improvements for an assessment For the assignments, you will be working with your own teaching materials. For example you will create your own assessment plan for your course. Next to that you will become part of a learning community with teachers from all over the world. We are offering you instructional videos, interviews, animations and checklists. In addition to these, there will be course activities, such as assessments, and discussion prompts. By participating in this MOOC, you will find answers to the following questions: • What is the role of assessment? • How can you select the right methods of assessment for your course? • What is constructive alignment? • How can an assessment plan and matrix help you in the construction of assessments? • Is it possible to make an absolute reliable and valid assessment? • How can the formulation of good assessment questions have an impact on that? • What is the role of feedback? • How can rubrics help with providing feedback? • What are the things to consider when performing an exam or item analysis? What aspects should you look out for? • How do you draw conclusions from an exam analysis and make plans for future improvements? • If good students fail on certain questions, what does this say about the question… or about your teaching? Are you ready for enhancing your teaching skills? Then take this journey with us.
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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Approx. 20 hours to complete

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English

Subtitles: English
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100% online course

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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3 hours to complete

The role of assessment in higher education

In the first week of this course you’ll get insight in some basic but fundamental questions about assessment. Why do we assess in higher education? What are possible positive and negative effects of assessment? And in what way can we make an effort in choosing the most appropriate assessment method(s). Some leading experts on assessment are introduced to you and might enlighten your thoughts. Additionally, you will be introduced to the Utility formula, which will assist you in making purposeful assessment choices....
Reading
7 videos (Total 54 min), 3 readings
Video7 videos
Perspectives: What influence do grades have in assessment systems?9m
Perspectives: How can assessment help in engaging students?11m
Perspectives: Is the quality and reliability of our assessments robust enough to make high stake decisions?9m
Perspectives: Is group assessment a desirable option in higher education?9m
The usability of assessment: Using the utility formula to select a method of assessment5m
The usability of assessment: A visualisation of the utility formula2m
Reading3 readings
Meet the experts3m
More reading on the role of assessment0m
Building block for peer review: Assignment about the Utility Formula25m
Clock
14 minutes to complete

The Assessment Cycle

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Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading
Reading1 readings
The assessment cycle overview10m

2

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

The Assessment Plan

As research shows, assessment plays an important role in steering the learning process. There is, however, not one best method of assessment. So, how can you select the right methods of assessments for your course? Making an assessment plan can help you select the right testing methods and decide on the relative weight of each assessment for the final result of a course. An assessment plan also helps to ensure that the assessment addresses the intended learning outcomes. In addition, it provides a good overview of the test arrangement for a course that will be published in the course manual. This makes an assessment plan a helpful tool for examiners and an important instrument for quality assurance. With an assessment matrix, you ensure that all the selected learning objectives are covered in your assessment. This also helps to ensure that your assessment will be both valid and reliable. Whereas making an assessment matrix may feel like additional work, using it will actually save you time as you will develop questions and assignments that exactly match your learning objectives and you avoid the risk of formulating too many questions that are aimed at the same content or skill. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 55 min), 12 readings
Video12 videos
Animation on constructive alignment4m
Animation on how to write your own assessment plan6m
Animation on how to create an assessment matrix7m
Perspectives: How do students prepare for an assessment?3m
Perspectives: Could students be involved in your assessments?3m
Perspectives: Teachers and their preferences for methods of assessment4m
Perspectives: Students and their preferences for methods of assessment3m
Perspectives: What kind of methods do teachers use to assess students?3m
Perspectives: Best practices according to teachers and students7m
Perspectives: Students on easy assessments and time consuming assessments2m
Perspectives: Experiences of teachers in how they select the methods of assessment for their courses3m
Reading12 readings
Constructive alignment overview10m
Optional reading: Constructive alignment - John Biggs10m
Video: on writing learning objectives5m
Manual on how to write learning objectives15m
Optional reading: Methods of assessment A-Z10m
Activity: Match methods of assessments with their cognitive domain following Bloom’s Taxonomy10m
Optional reading: In-class activities and assessment for the flipped classroom10m
Assessment plan overview10m
Building block for peer review: Connect your learning objectives to the methods of assessment for your course10m
Assessment matrix overview10m
Building block for peer review: Create your own assessment matrix10m
Meet the teachers of Erasmus University Rotterdam3m

3

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Feedback & grading design

In module 1 you have learned about assessment FOR learning and the role assessments play in the learning process of students. In this module we will take this to the next step. You will learn why feedback is so important and how to provide feedback using rubrics. Did you know there are different types of rubrics? Depending on the function of the rubric each type has both its advantages and disadvantages. This module will help you deciding what type of rubric suits your needs. In the stage of grading, methods of setting a cut-off score are important. You will learn about different methods of setting a cut-off score and the advantages and disadvantages of these methods....
Reading
5 videos (Total 25 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
What are rubrics and why would you use them?4m
Holistic rubrics4m
Analytic rubrics4m
Single point rubrics5m
Reading4 readings
Building block for peer review: Create your own feedback plan for your course45m
How to make a rubric5m
A rubric for rubrics15m
Websites with examples of rubrics10m

4

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Assessment construction

The results of student assessments often have far-reaching consequences for their educational or even professional careers. When we allow our assessments to have such impacts on people’s careers, it is of the utmost importance that we are very sure that our measurement is reliable and accurate and a valid representation of students’ actual abilities…. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The goal for this module is to help you to apply quality criteria for the construction of assessments and assessment items. Because, if we improve the quality of our assessments, we improve the quality of our education, and we will have a huge impact on the future education and careers of our students....
Reading
10 videos (Total 51 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Perspectives: Teachers and their experiences with multiple choice and essay questions1m
Perspectives: Multiple choice Q&A8m
Introduction to constructing multiple choice questions3m
How to construct the stem of a multiple choice question?3m
How to construct the answer alternatives of a multiple choice question?2m
Perspectives: Open ended questions Q&A8m
How to construct open ended and essay questions?5m
Perspectives: Group work Q&A6m
How to construct group work?7m
Reading8 readings
Further reading on assessment construction10m
Checklist for multiple choice questions5m
Further reading on multiple choice questions10m
Checklist for open ended questions5m
Preparing a correction model5m
Further reading on open ended questions10m
Checklist for group work10m
Further reading on group work10m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Assessment Analysis and Evaluation

When an assessment has been conducted, there is often a lot of time pressure on grading and publishing the results. However, an important step to take before communicating grades to students is to analyse students’ performance on the different tasks or questions. This will provide you, as an examiner, with invaluable information. Not only about your students’ performance, but also about the quality of your assessment as well as your own teaching. On which aspects did students perform well, and where did they fail? If good students fail on certain questions, what does this say about the question… or about your teaching? You may need to decide on how to fix certain errors or unexpected situations and think about how this affects students’ grades. What are the things to consider when performing an exam or item analysis? What do you look for? How do you draw conclusions and make plans for future improvements?...
Reading
4 videos (Total 20 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
How to make the most of peer reviews4m
Assessment analysis6m
Assessment evaluation and future improvements6m
Reading4 readings
Checklist for peer review of assessments10m
Psychometric analysis20m
Optional readings on reliability and validity in assessment45m
Thank yous and attributions10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Assessment analysis & evaluation50m
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Top Reviews

By PSMay 13th 2018

It's a great course ,easy ,interesting , very informative and beneficial for teachers , a milestone in their profile.

By RCApr 30th 2018

Very interesting and useful. I would suggest it to every instructor.

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Marit Nieuwenhuys

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Remy Fermont

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Mandy Hollander

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Kris Stabel

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Sanne van Herpen

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Berry Nijveld

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