Assessing and Evaluating for Learning/Resources

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Collating resources

Please add resources that you find to this page under Additional resources. All resources for the course are being collated on these following sites (Delicious bookmarking site and Youtube) and can be accessed there. They are a mix of resources provided in the modules and extra material.

APA Referencing

Referencing in APA format is required when you are referring to material that you have been reading. This is called citing. The following links take you to some useful resources to help with referencing.

  • The Purdue Owl APA Referencing Guide has all the information you need to produce APA references and is clearly explained.
  • Guide to APA referencing - University of Waikato.
  • Citation Machine is a great website that takes you through all the steps of adding the information required for a reference before producing the formatted reference for you. You can then cut and paste it into your document. Very handy.

Essay and report writing

  • Essay Writing Skills - this module by Helen Lindsay (Learning Centre, Otago Polytechnic) has fabulous resources. Use this to find out how to write an academic essay or to refresh your skills. It includes:
The University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic resource - Essay writing with readings - A homegrown (Dunedin) and fun online essay writing module. A great place to start.

Resources from the modules

Lists of resources used in each of the course modules are in this section.

Introduction to Assessment

Aligning and Designing Assessment

Assessment Methods and Tools

Reference as: Dunn, L. (2011) Selecting methods of assessment. Oxford: Oxford Brookes University. Retrieved from


  • Beattie, K., & James, R. (date unknown) Assessing essays. Melbourne: Centre for Higher Education. Retrieved from
  • Haines, C. (2004). Assessing students’ written work. Marking essays and reports. London: RoutledgeFalmer.
  • Forster, F. Hounsell, D., & Thompson, S. (Eds). (1995). Tutoring and Demonstrating : A Handbook. Edinburgh: Centre for Teaching, : Learning and Assessment, The University of Edinburgh.
  • Race, P. (Ed.). (1999). 2000 Tips for Lecturers. London: Kogan Page.
  • Reiner, C. M., Bothell, T. W., Sudweeks, R. R., & Wood, B. (2002). Preparing effective essay questions: A self-directed workbook : for educators: New Forums Press.
  • Tutoring and Demonstrating : A Handbook - chapter six from has some good advice on marking essays from page 56 onwards.
  • Useful instruction verbs.

Tests and exams

Student role - (self and peer assessment)

  • Brown, S., & Knight, P. (1994). Assessing learners in higher education. London: Kogan Page.
  • Brown, S., Race, P., & Smith, B. (1996). 500 tips on assessment. London: Kogan Page.
  • Glasgow, N, A., & Hicks, C.D. (2003). What successful teachers do: 91 research based classroom strategies for new and veteran teachers. California: Corwin Press.
  • Habeshaw,S., Gibbs, G., & Habeshaw, T. (1998). 53 Interesting ways to assess your students. Bristol, U.K: Technical and Educational Services Ltd.
  • Moon, J. (2002). The module and programme development handbook: A practical guide to linking levels, learning outcomes and assessment. London: Kogan Page.
  • Race, P., & Brown, S. (1993). 500 Tips for tutors. London: Kogan Page.

Practical assessment

  • Brown, S. & Glasner, A. (Eds.). (1999). Assessment matters in higher education: Choosing and using diverse approaches. London: The Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press.
  • Harvey, L., 2004–9, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International. Retrieved on 29 October 2009 from
  • Race, P. (Ed.).(1999). The Times Higher Education Supplement: 2000 tips for lecturers. London: Kogan Page.
  • TSL Education Ltd. (2008). Assessment criteria for practical skills.


  • Teacher's Handbook on e-Assessment by Geoffrey Crisp. Online assessments include tests, role play, scenarios, games and virtual world assessments.
  • Transforming assessment archived webinar series. A series of recorded presentations about e-assessment. The session will download in Blackboard Collaborate - this takes a little time, and you will need to do the Audio Set Up Wizard via Tools to make sure your headset is correctly connected so you can hear.
  • JISC. (2010). Effective Assessment in a Digital Age. UK: Higher Education Funding Council for England and Jisc.

Feedback and Learning Support

  • Gibbs, G. (2010). Using assessment to support student learning. UK: University of East Anglia.
  • Nicol, D. & Macfarlane-Dick, D. (2006). Principles of good feedback practices. A synopsis of the framework of seven principles of good feedback practice and methods and techniques provided by Flinders University. The full article is also available as follows.

Assessment Decisions and Marking

Material in this section is divided into the topics of moderation, rubrics, and tips for marking.



Tips for marking

Examples of rubrics

Norm-referenced and criteria-referenced assessment

Assessments such as the IELTS test are norm-referenced. What does this mean? To find out more you may wish to access the resources.

Additional resources

Please add to this section. These are additional resources for you to browse through and may be useful for your study.