Designing Effective Assessment


8. Engaging


Time spent on a task is critically important to effective learning, with more effective learning expected with greater time on task. Students will spend more time on an assessment task if it something with which they can actively engage.

Being actively engaged involves a degree of emotional and a cognitive engagement.

This needs to be balanced with the need to keep the student assessment load requirement manageable for both the students and the academics involved.

Unless students experience some kind of emotional investment in what they are doing, they are unlikely to commit the time to many of the useful assessment tasks that are available.

Engaging assessments emotionally and/or cognitively engage students; encouraging them to spend time on the assessment task.