George Brown is a retired professor from the University of Nottingham



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Assessment

Assessment Series No.3
Assessment: A Guide for Lecturers

George Brown


George Brown is a retired professor from the University of Nottingham.He has been actively engaged in research in higher and medical education for the past 25 years. He has also worked with professional engineers, dentists and nurses on communication issues. He was the National Co-ordinator of Academic Staff Development for the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP, now Universities UK) and he contributed to the design of the training programmes for Subject Reviewers for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and subsequently, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). His most recent text is Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education (Routledge, 1997; with Joanna Bull and Malcolm Pendlebury). His most recent article is Refreshing Lecturing (Medical Teacher, 2001) and he has recently completed a chapter on ‘Culture, Collegiality and Collaborative Learning’ for a text to be published by Kogan Page.

Contents
Summary 3
Introduction 4
Why is alignment important? 4
The purposes of assessment 6
Some principles of assessment 6
Common weaknesses 7
Designing assessments 7
Cognitive demands 8
Methods, sources and instruments of assessment 9
Marking and moderating 16
Feedback to students 17
Assessing large numbers of students 18
The problem of plagiarism 19
Unseen examinations or course work? 20
Assessing students with learning difficulties and disabilities 20
Changing roles: from lecturer to external examiner 21
A compulsory examination for all assessors 21
References 22
Annotated bibliography 23




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