Embracing Assessment for Learning (AfL) is one of our key curriculum principles. This page contains guidance and resources to support the development of summative and formative assessments and effective feedback approaches at all levels of course development.

Getting started with assessment for learning

Getting started with AfL

An introduction to Assessment for Learning and the key benefits of embracing this approach.

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Top tips for assessment and feedback

Top tips and practical suggestions for assessment and feedback to consider incorporating in your planned teaching and learning activities.

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Inclusive assessment strategies

Inclusive assessment strategies

Common barriers that students face in assessment and strategies to promote inclusive assessment practice.

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Summative assessment

Summative assessment aims to evaluate student learning against the intended learning outcomes and provides evidence for academic achievement towards a particular award.

Online Open Book Exams

Open book exam questions

Top tips and examples for writing effective online open book questions that meet your course intended learning outcomes.

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Writing effective multiple choice questions

Key pointers for writing Multiple Choice Questions including effective question stems, distractors and how to reduce searchability.

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Assessed presentations

Suggestions for staff to consider about assessed presentations as part of the Bath Blend approach.

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Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment refers to formal and informal measures of student progress in their learning and is intimately linked to the process of giving and receiving feedback which students understand, engage with, and act upon to improve their future performance.

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Understand, Engage, Act

A Teaching Development Fund project aimed at aligning student and staff approaches to assessment feedback literacy to support successful learning outcomes.

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Assessment and blended learning

Online summative assessment

Online summative assessment

Summative assessment should provide students with the opportunity to showcase their best learning, and this is no different for summative assessments that are carried out online.

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Online assessment tools

The key digital systems used to support online formative and summative assessment.

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Online Open Book Exams

Online exams

Top tips and examples for writing effective online open book questions that meet your course intended learning outcomes.

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 What do we mean?

Assessment for Learning (AfL) is an approach that recognises that assessment motivates and develops individual knowledge and skills as well as validating student achievement. Assessment is planned strategically so that it supports the achievement of overall course goals and makes the most of the resources we have across the institution.

Contact us

Email the Curriculum Development Team to discuss which are most suitable for your discipline and to give you guidance on putting them into practice within your session, unit, year, and course.

 Further information

Curriculum Principles

Updated on: 18 May 2021