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People within the educational community—policymakers, schools, administrators, teachers and students—use assessments for different purposes. This issue of CDTL Brief presents some discussions on the issues surrounding Assessment.

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March 2003, Vol. 6, No. 3 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Assessing Education Quality: Measures and Processes
Professor William F. Massy
Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration, Stanford University
President, The Jackson Hole Higher Education Group, Inc
The means of assessing the quality of education offered by an institution, faculty, or department has recently become a hot issue in many countries. The three approaches to quality assessment are accreditation, evaluation and academic audit. Continue reading

Addressing Students’ Fears about Examinations
Associate Professor Alice Christudason Assistant Professor Anne Magdaline Netto
Department of Real Estate/Associate Director, CDTL Department of Building
It was a bright Tuesday morning and we were conducting a scheduled 2-hour Law tutorial. We were already past the middle of the first semester and in about three weeks’ time, the students would be facing their semestral examinations. Continue reading

Student Assessment in Problem-based Learning: A Challenge Beyond Reliability and Validity
Associate Professor Tan Chay Hoon Professor Matthew C.E. Gwee
Department of Pharmacology & Medical Education Unit Department of Pharmacology & Medical Education Unit/
Associate Director, CDTL
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an innovative pathway to learning in medical education. The PBL curriculum provides students with a more holistic approach to medical education that goes beyond just content knowledge acquisition. Continue reading

Implementing Effective Peer Assessment
Lim Yuen Lie, Lisa-Angelique
Research Assistant, CDTL
Peer assessment refers to students’ critical evaluations of peers’ performance, whether for writing, oral or visual presentations. Peers may be evaluated in terms of their contribution to the group, their product, or both. Continue reading

Self- and Peer-assessments — Vehicles to Improve Learning
Dr Laina Ho
Centre for English Language Communication
Are feedback exercises becoming the bane of students’ lives? It may seem so considering the multiple assessments required of NUS students and the response of one of my students who remarked that it was ‘feedback fatigue’ and not ‘exam fatigue’ that riled her. Continue reading

What is Quality in Assessment Practice?
Mr Dennis Sale
Section Head, Educational & Staff Development Department,
Singapore Polytechnic
One of the most significant developments in education over recent years has been an increasing focus on the importance of assessment and the need to ensure quality in assessment practice. A number of interrelated factors have contributed to this development. Continue reading