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Faculty input sought on supports for summative assessments

Each year, Queen’s students complete summative assessments so that instructors can evaluate their learning and ensure they’ve achieved the competencies required by their program.

As assessment practices continue to evolve and the university reflects on lessons learned from the pandemic, it’s important to ensure that Queen’s has the appropriate resources in place to support current and emerging assessment practices. The Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) has established a task force to identify existing assessment practices, how those practices may evolve, and what resources may be needed to enable high-quality assessment practices.

“Summative assessments are a critical component of the student learning experience,” says Klodiana Kolomitro, Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning). “As new assessment practices emerge, we need to take proactive steps to ensure Queen’s has the right resources in place to support instructors and students in that evolution.”

Faculty members have been asked to complete a short survey to collect information on current assessment practices and determine the support required to advance those practices in the future. The survey, which has a great response rate and now has an extended deadline of June 30, includes questions regarding what kind of technology instructors use in their summative assessments, proctoring approaches, emerging practices, and more. The outcomes of this survey will support decision-making regarding assessment support resources.

A student survey regarding summative assessment practices will be released later in the summer to help inform the work of the task force.