Assessment

Theory and Background

There is a vast literature on assessment in higher education, some of it is directly related to economics.

Our Handbook for Economics Lecturers contains six chapters relevant to assessment.

The journal Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education is devoted to assessment related matters and publishes many articles on economics.

General

Many books are devoted to assessment. A recent book with a practical orientation is

  • Bloxham, S. and P. Boyd (2007), Developing Effective Assessment in Higher Education: A Practical Guide, McGraw Hill.

In the Handbook for Economics Lecturers there is an older list of relevant works.

A practically oriented overview of assessment concepts can be found at the site www.learningandteaching.info.


Evidence and Case Studies

We have several case studies focused on assessment, with topics including peer assessment, role play and in-class exams.

A 2005 paper in our journal IREE studied the benefits of rank-order grading.

There is considerable interest in students' views on the efficacy of assessment and feedback. There are many cohorts of students' view contained in the NSS (National Student Survey) and our own surveys.


Assessment Banks and Resources

  • Economics Question Bank: Our password-protected service is open to all UK university staff at no charge. It has hundreds of essay and multi-choice questions as well as problem sets. The questions are categorised by subject and mostly cover core topics and quantitative skills.
  • Interactive quizzes: Links to many external sites with assessment materials.
  • Past papers & problem sets: In PDF and HTML format.
  • ExcelAssess: a free library of self-marking assessment questions in Excel.
  • Maths Resource Index: Quantitative skills assessment resources provided by the Mathcentre and METAL projects.
  • Writing for Economics: Staff at LSE produced this online tutorial containing example marked essays.

Events

"Assessment without drowning" and "Creative uses of assessment" are two of the many workshops we can provide to UK departments at no charge. Contact us to request a visit.

There are also national workshops for various sub disciplines in Economics, where participants can share ideas on materials on course design, assessment and teaching/learning methods (see the News and Events section of our site).

Past Events

2008

Assessment and Feedback: A half-day Workshop, London, Wednesday 7 May 2008

Using Problem Based Learning in Teaching Economics and Business, London, Thursday 8 May 2008

Using Problem Based Learning in Teaching Economics and Business, Manchester, Tuesday 10 June 2008

2007

The notes from a 2007 Workshop on Assessment, Feedback and Plagiarism are available in Powerpoint format


Projects and Grants

The Economics Network gives grants of up to £5000 for small projects that address the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. Call for bids are issued in the Spring on the Home Page of this site and on our email list.

Current and Past Projects

FDTL5 projects

FDTL Phase 5 projects, funded by HEFCE, include four Economics projects. All are partly concerned with assessment and two (METAL and ETC) have developed assessment materials.

CETLs

Two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are devoted to assessment. These are: