Testing and assessment


Course code

TA_2016; TA2017


10, 17 & 24 November 2016;

16,23 & 30 March 2017;

15,22 & 29 June 2017

Time and Place

09.00 till 12.30 hours


Chantal Scholten MSc. & Drs. Helma Vlas

Course materials

You will receive (links to) materials at the start and during the course. Recommended literature:
Chapters 10 of “A handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education” edited by Heather Fry, Steve Ketteridge and Stephanie Marshall, 
Chapter 7 in “ Leren (en) doceren in het hoger onderwijs” Ton Kallenberg, Linda van der Grijspaarde, Astrid ter Braak. 


Lecturers/(assistant) professors


After this course you can:

  • Describe various assessment methods and indicate the relation between learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
  • Choose an appropriate assessment method and justify your choice for your own teaching situation
  • Construct a valid assessment plan (matrix) for your own course
  • Design and construct a test or assignment that will meet the quality criteria (valid, reliable, transparent), including an answer sheet/assessment framework
  • Describe the pitfalls and concerns regarding the organisation of a test or assessment session
  • Mark the results of a test/assignment and provide a grade in a fair, reliable, transparent way
  • Analyse test results and draw conclusions for further –improvement of the way you assess your students and conduct tests/assignments


This course is about assessing student learning in higher education. We will use a step-by-step plan for constructing and marking a test/assignment in a valid, reliable and transparent way. You will also learn to analyse test results in order to improve your own course and tests/assignments.
The course helps you to construct evidences that meet the criteria for the University Teaching Qualification.


During the meeting the trainers will present theoretical background and provide instruction, tips and examples. But most of the time you will discuss with colleagues relevant assessment issues and work on your own products for further improvement. You will learn a lot from the other participants, their materials and the issues they bring forward.
To prepare for the course and in between the two sessions, you will work on assignments that includes studying literature and micro-lectures on video, making an assessment plan for your own teaching and analysing the test results of your own course.
Resulting products can be used for your UTQ-portfolio.


Two meetings of 3.5 hours and about 8 hours self study/working on your own products


Not applicable

Further information

Centre of Expertise in Learning and Teaching
Chantal Scholten
Centre of Expertise in Learning and Teaching
Helma Vlas
Centre of Expertise in Learning and Teaching

Sign up for Course 3 : Testing and Assessment

Choose date

  • November 2016
    • Thu 10 November1 option(s)
  • March 2017
    • Thu 16 March1 option(s)
  • June 2017
    • Thu 15 June1 option(s)

Student or employee

Login if you're a student or employee of the University of Twente.