Assessment Interactive Resource and Assessment Checklist
Together with Assessment Essentials, please take a look at the Assessment Interactive Resource page which supports you in all areas of the online management of assessment.


About the Assessment Essentials Framework
The framework is fundamentally an academic model that is intended to be pedagogically driven, providing a holistic picture of assessment design and delivery activity.  Clarity on assessment design and delivery, including what is assessed, and when and how assessment takes place, is an important area for the University to improve upon and features strongly in the National Student Survey.  Improving the transparency and understanding of assessment processes and protocols is an important element of the assessment experience and helps students to see that these are equitable and fair.

The framework for staff has been designed to assist in the effective design and delivery of assessment to students. It includes tools and resources to support assessment for learning and guidance on feedback and marking.

About the Assessment Lifecycle
The Assessment Lifecycle and its 9 themes forms the basis for the framework and is presented in a cyclical fashion to emphasise the iterative nature of many of the activities. The model is intended to be pedagogically driven and can be applied to both formative and summative assessment. As we move towards online management of assessment (OMA) it is important that guidance and resources are on hand to support academics through this transition and the lifecycle aims to provide a one stop shop for assessment.

The model has been based on the Manchester Metropolitan University Assessment Lifecycle and through discussions with JISC EMA project.

This online approach is increasingly being adopted by a range of other HEIs across the sector, using technology across the assessment lifecycle to support the electronic submission of assignments, as well as marking and feedback. Many universities and colleges are seeing benefits and cost savings from using technology to support and to streamline these processes.