Conclusions and some final thoughts

Exemplars and contributing to the project

Now it’s your turn to use the assessment evaluation tool! Have a go at some of the tasks we already have online, or submit one of your own. Alternatively, you can download the evaluation tool and keep your results private, but we'd be really grateful if you chose to submit your results online for others to learn from.

Conclusions and final thoughts

You did it! After completing this workshop, you should now:

  1. Have developed an understanding of what is meant by assessment and learning outcomes.
  2. Understand the basis for, know how to use, and have access to the task evaluation tool.
  3. Have plenty of practice using the tool on examples from our set of (real) assessment tasks, and a sense of how your approach to assessment compares to other academics’.

Thanks for your time! We really hope you feel equipped to approach this new paradigm of assessment in tertiary Chemistry education, or at least that we’ve got you thinking about assessment and learning outcomes on a deeper level.

Remember, you can get the assessment evaluation tool here. Want to read more? Check out the final chapter in these conference proceedings, which talks about our tool in the context of constantly evaluating and improving assessments. Or check out the paper by Schmid et al. that summarises the tool in detail.

Keep thinking: some takeaway big questions

  • When can we be reasonably sure that a student has demonstrated some ability or knowledge? Can assessment ever really achieve this?
  • How many TLOs can be reasonably met within one assessment task?
  • How do we know when a student has ‘achieved’ a TLO?
  • How many times does a TLO have to be ‘achieved’ so that we have confidence in a student’s capabilities?

Want to revisit something?

You can go back to the introduction, Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3 from here. Otherwise, head back to the ChemNet landing page to see what else we've been up to!