Exploring innovative assessment methods
Exploring innovative assessment methods

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Exploring innovative assessment methods

Week 1: What is innovative assessment and why is it useful?

Introduction

Innovative approaches to assessment can help learners to demonstrate skills for society, employment and education. Mobile technology means that many learners now have direct access to handheld computing. As a result, different types of assessment can now be produced and applied.

This week you will begin by examining the purpose and benefits of innovative assessment in modern education. You will review a competency-based approach to education and compare this with traditional or constructive alignment-based approaches to education. You’ll move on to investigate what skills are needed by learners in today’s society and how innovative approaches to assessment might help educators to help learners demonstrate these skills. You’ll also look at how innovative assessments can be used to more closely reflect what is taught and how learning can be more closely aligned to the skills required for employment and access to higher education.

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • describe the purpose and benefits of innovative assessment
  • compare competency-based and constructive alignment-based approaches to assessment
  • describe how innovative assessment can help learners demonstrate skills for society
  • discuss how innovative assessment can enable learning to reflect better education and employment skills.
EIA_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus