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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Purposeful Assessment for Intended Student Learning


Video of Purposeful Assessment to Support Intended Learning Workshop

held in March 2011 with Sue Fostaty Young

Typically students interpret teachers’ assessment choices as indices of what kinds of learning are valued and therefore rewarded (Brookfield, 1995), so assessment has significant impact over what and how our students choose to learn (Boud, 1990). One implication of these findings is that through purposeful assessment, we have an opportunity to intentionallyinfluence students’ approaches to learning.  This session will introduce and demonstrate a framework for teaching, learning and assessment (the ICE model) that has enabled me, and others, to become increasingly intentional in our teaching and purposeful in our assessment choices while at the same time supporting  our students’ ability to plan and assess their own learning.

*This session is intended as an introduction for those not already familiar with ICE.


  • Activity: Student Journal Writing PDF | Word

  • Words Associated with Different Qualities of Learning PDF | Word

  • Rubric for the Research Portfolio PDF | Word

  • An ICEd Rubric for Math PDF | Word

  • A Quantitative Rubric for Math PDF | Word

  • A Cool Palette Rubric PDF | Word

  • Rubric for Discussion PDF | Word

  • Case Studies: Nursing PDF | Word

  • Tables of Specifications PDF | Word


Cognitive/transformative learning

Merriam, S.B. (2004). The role of cognitive development on Mezirow's transformational learning theory. Adult Education Quarterly, 55(1), 60-68.
DOI: 10.1177/0741713604268891

Novice to Expert :

Daley, B.J. (1999). Novice to expert: An exploration of how professionals learn. Adult Education  Quarterly, 49(4). 





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