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Elaborating a framework for communicating assessment aims in higher education
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 22:10 authored by Damon ThomasDamon Thomas, Robert MooreRobert Moore, Olivia RundleOlivia Rundle, Sherridan EmerySherridan Emery, Robyn GreavesRobyn Greaves, Kitty te RieleKitty te Riele, Kowaluk, A
Assessment is a central feature of student learning in higher education and has a strong influence on the student experience. Accordingly, the appropriate communication of assessment aims is a priority for all higher education institutions. This study proposes an analytical framework for the interpretation and creation of assessments across higher education disciplines. The framework suggests that assessments can be categorised according to rhetorical purposes, formats, modes and group arrangements. Assessments from three degree programmes at one Australian university are analysed using the framework to show its usefulness in classifying and evaluating task components and generating broad images of degrees based on assessment regimes. We draw on these practical applications to explain and compare discipline-specific qualities of each degree, and argue that the framework might enhance the communication of assessment aims to benefit higher education stakeholders.
Publication titleAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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