Three interrelated elements are important to consider when clarifying what should be assessed
UCD Level Descriptors
The UCD Level Descriptors covering UCD levels 0-5, provide a useful over-arching rubric when planning an assessment strategy for a full programme and designing assessments appropriate for different levels. The descriptors help students to understand what is expected of them.
These taxonomies help you plan the progression of learning for your students as you clarify what you are assessing at each level. There are different taxonomies relevant to different disciplines and professions for more information go to the Guide to Taxonomies of Learning Outcomes
The solo taxonomy is specifically designed for learning outcomes based curricula.
|Incompetent, nothing known about the area||Pre-structural|
|One relevant aspect is known||Uni-structural|
|Several relevant independent aspects are known||Multi-structural|
|Aspects of knowledge are integrated into a structure||Relational|
|Knowledge is generalised into a new domain||Extended Abstract|
These levels range from incompetence to expertise. For example the solo taxonomy can be used to help to specify what is being assessed in essays.
What attributes do you want graduates of your programme to have developed to prepare them to move to employment or further study? How do you design your assessments around these key graduate attributes?
Assessment of graduate attributes can be easily built in to existing modules to reflect the skills required. For example, if you wish your students to learn more about “information literacy” (the ability to find, use and evaluate information effectively) you can embed a task related to using key sources in your discipline and attach a learning outcome to your module descriptor asking the student for reflection on the task.