Contextualising why assessment is still the single most important factor affecting student learning in higher education, this second edition of Innovative Assessment in Higher Education: A Handbook for Academic Practitioners offers a critical discourse about the value of assessment for learning alongside practical suggestions about how to enhance the student experience of assessment and feedback.

With 17 new chapters this edition:

  • contextualises assessment within the current higher education landscape;
  • explores how student, parent and government expectations impact on assessment design;
  • presents case studies on how to develop, incorporate and assess employability skills;
  • reviews how technology and social media can be used to enhance assessment and feedback;
  • provides examples and critical review of the use and development of feedback practices and how to assess professional, creative and performance-based subjects;
  • offers guidance on how to develop assessment that is inclusive and enables all students to advance their potential.

Bridging the gap between theory and the practical elements of assessment, Innovative Assessment in Higher Education: A Handbook for Academic Practitioners is an essential resource for busy academics looking to make a tangible difference to their academic practice and their students’ learning. This practical and accessible guide will aid both new and more experienced practitioners looking to learn more about how and why assessment in higher education can make such a difference to student learning.

chapter |6 pages


How innovative are we?

part I|2 pages

Assessment in context

chapter 1|13 pages

Stepping back to move forward

The wider context of assessment in higher education

chapter 3|14 pages

Changing the narrative

A programme approach to assessment through TESTA

part II|2 pages

Implementing feedback

chapter 6|11 pages

Evaluating written feedback

chapter 7|13 pages

Assessing oral presentations

Style, substance and the ‘razzle dazzle’ trap

chapter 9|10 pages

Innovative assessment

The academic’s perspective

part III|2 pages

Stimulating learning

chapter 12|10 pages

Certainty-based marking

Stimulating thinking and improving objective tests

chapter 15|17 pages

Developing autonomy via assessment for learning

Students’ views of their involvement in self and peer review activities

chapter 17|9 pages

Archimedean levers and assessment

Disseminating digital innovation in higher education

part IV|2 pages

Assessing professional development

chapter 18|11 pages

Developing the next generation of academics

The graduate teacher assistant experience

chapter 19|11 pages

Practitioner perspectives

Using the UK Professional Standards Framework to design assessment

chapter 20|10 pages

Measure for measure

Wider applications of practices in professional assessment

chapter |10 pages


Resilience, resourcefulness and reflections