Robert Matthew, Jane Pritchard, Jane MacKenzie


Many of you reading this might be thinking ‘Oh assessment again……’ or something similar. It seems to us that the issue of assessment has been one that has vexed Higher education for a long time. Many years ago John Cowan wrote that ‘assessment is the engine that drives student learning’. It would seem that this even more so these days. Phil Race, following and building on what John Cowan has written, said that much of the efforts that go into designing and implementing assessments are like ‘fine tuning the engine of a vehicle which is actually off the road, facing the wrong direction, and has no wheels left upon it!’. It seems to us that this issue contains reports of work that is about getting the vehicle on the road, facing the in the right direction with wheels refitted.

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