Early assessment tasks as the first leap into assessment in higher education

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Well-designed early assessment tasks can assist students to make a successful transition into university, both socially and academically. Early assessment items can facilitate students’ learning, build confidence, and provide feedback to students and staff on students’ progress. But what makes an effective early assessment item? How do we design assessments that align with learning outcomes, discipline content, program requirements and future practice, while also supporting the transition of our diverse student body into the complex world of academia? This is especially important for online students who may have little contact with staff or students.
Participants are encouraged to share their diverse experiences of early assessment items as part of the ongoing assessment revolution in higher education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event45th International Conference on Improving University Teaching (IUT), 2020 - Virtual conference, Boston, United States
Duration: 01 Jul 202003 Jul 2020
Conference number: 45th
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Conference45th International Conference on Improving University Teaching (IUT), 2020
Abbreviated titleToward Sustainable Assessment and The Digital Pivot
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherUT is replacing our planned 2020 conference in Padua with a virtual conference, to be held on the original dates of July 1-3, with bonus extended access. This virtual conference will have two themes—our original theme of “Toward Sustainable Assessment” and a second theme, “The Online Pivot,” about teaching in a virtual environment.

The 45th IUT conference will feature many of our traditional offering—papers, posters, roundtables, and plenary addresses—some live and some posted for access before and after the conference. Participants will enjoy unlimited access to all conference materials online through September 30th. In addition, we will offer networking and group chat opportunities, including a robust online forum, with both synchronous and asynchronous options to participate on your schedule. Finally, building on this virtual conference, we plan to make our website a year-round resource for the university teaching community.
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