Aligning Assessment with Outcomes

Overview

Aligning assessment with intended course learning outcomes is crucial to assessment-as-learning.

  • Learning outcomes prescribe what students are expected to demonstrate they have learned.
  • The assessment plan shows how they will demonstrate their learning.

These two elements must operate in parallel if the assessment is to be valid. For example, for a learning outcome stating that students will develop professional communication skills, assessment tasks that focus only on academic communication skills cannot be regarded as valid.

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