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Enhancing Learning through Formative Assessment

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IETI Volume 51, Number 1, ISSN 1470-3297


The student cohort on the University Science Extended Degree (SED) course is diverse in terms of educational experience. One of the key facets of teaching at this level is to engage and prepare students for higher levels of education in the sciences. The purpose of this evaluation is to relate a specific virtual framework, designed for students participating on biology modules contained in the SED course, with levels of student engagement. Central to this is the use of weekly on-line formative tests that students are expected to complete in their own time. Whilst over-all module pass rates remain stable, results indicate that a substantial proportion of students completed all of these assessments, and this appears to be directly linked to attainment of higher grades. Student feedback indicated that over 80% of responding students found the tests helpful. This model relating to learning and teaching encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning experience.


Jacoby, J.C., Heugh, S., Bax, C. & Branford-White, C. (2014). Enhancing Learning through Formative Assessment. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 51(1), 72-83. Retrieved September 25, 2023 from .

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