Assessment is a central feature of teaching, learning, and the curriculum. Given its centrality in the student experience, academics and providers are keen to explore how best to use assessment to drive student learning. Universities are currently under pressure to swiftly review and renew the way they assess. Assessment needs to be strategically designed in an integrated and scaffolded manner with iterative two-way feedback opportunities between students and academics. To help design assessment strategically, we in the Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU), use a set of twelve principles, developed as part of an Erasmus+ project, to enhance academic behaviour and performance. These principles are divided into three overlapping categories - university standards; assessment design; and student ownership. They offer an evidence-based framework to help rethink assessment design in DCU.
Furthermore, the TEU is co-lead with the University of Limerick, in a national project that secured funding under the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019. The project brings the sector together as part of a Reimagining Assessment Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP is exploring what the most recent assessment challenges are from both the student and lecturer perspectives; and then shares ideas, examples, and proposed solutions on how to redesign assessment to suit the current higher education environment. The final output will be an eResource to support academics reimagine the way they assess students.