Principles of assessment and feedback (ILT004)


Introduction to assessment and feedback considers underlying purposes and principles of student assessment, and provides guidance on how to give useful feedback to students in different learning contexts. It also introduces participants to mechanisms for assessing and evaluating teaching at the University of Birmingham.

Note that if you are involved in marking, your department will also give you more specific training, e.g. standardisation meetings.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and understand key purposes and principles of assessment
  • Demonstrate awareness of University assessment processes
  • Explore a range of approaches to providing effective feedback

What participants have told us:

- "I have not got any experience yet, but  I feel more equipped and aware of what this sort of activity consists of".

- "I found the content very engaging and informative. As a former secondary school teacher, I particularly appreciated the mature and non-patronising tone of this ILT. Thanks for a great course."

- "It was very informative and I will apply what I have learnt."

- "This has given me some ideas for assessment improvement which I will take back to my department to discuss".

Format and Requirements

All our courses are available on-line, so that you can take them at a time that suits you, from wherever you are based, and will have access to the materials throughout  your time at the UoB.

You are required to spend up to three hours working through an ILT. Your participation will only be registered after you completed the course, and you have actively contributed to the discussion task. Your deadline is the end of the month that you have been registered. If you were registered in the last week of a month, then the end of the next month is your deadline. Each academic year you will be able to participate in our ILT courses from the beginning of September until the end of June. 

Note that we have aimed to make the Canvas courses as accessible as possible but that we will also be happy to provide material in alternative formats; just let us know what you need.


 To request a place please complete the online booking form.

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