Assessment and appraisal

On this page you will find more information about the steps you go through when assessing and appraising. Read more about the basic design of assessment, procedures when taking an exam, ways of appraising and evaluating your assessment.

An infographic showing the assessment cycle, consisting of eight phases.

The assessment cycle

The process of assessment and appraisal can be divided into eight phases. This is also called the assessment cycle. Below, you can read all about these eight phases.

Basic design of the assessment in an entire course

After you have formulated your learning objectives and expectations about what students need to know and be able to do at the end of the course, you can get started on how you will assess the learning objectives.

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Designing an assessment matrix

To align the assessment in a course with the learning objectives and the learning and teaching activities, and to make sure you assess all learning objectives, you can use an assessment matrix.

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Choosing and constructing an assessment method

What assessment method you choose depends on the level and content of the learning objectives and the goal of the assessment. Additionally, you can choose whether to assess with or without digital assessment software.

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Taking an exam

When taking an exam, the conditions for students need to be as favourable as possible. It is also important that these conditions are similar for all students.

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Appraising assessment results

After taking an assessment, the results are appraised. It is important when designing an assessment to determine the basis of the appraisal and record it in the form of a rubric or list of criteria.

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Analysing an assessment

After the appraisal of the results of an assessment, you can determine the reliability of the assessment results by analysing the quality of the assessment and the quality of the individual assessment questions (the items). A good analysis contributes to the quality of assessment in your course.

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Exam inspection and exam discussion

After the assessment analysis, the final assessment results are registered. Next, they are communicated to the students. After publishing the grades in Osiris, an exam inspection takes place.

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Evaluating and improving an assessment

After going through the first six phases of the assessment cycle, you as a lecturer (or team of lecturers) evaluate the entire assessment cycle. What went well and what could have been done better? The evaluation gives input for the (re)design of the assessment.

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For more information, please contact the Teaching Information Point at your faculty or the team at Educational Advice & Teacher Development.