The Office of the Associate Vice-Principal, Teaching and Learning (AVPTL) will establish a task force to investigate assessment practices as they relate to summative assessments. A summative assessment is a graded evaluation of student learning in relation to stated course-level learning outcomes, typically at the end of a learning period or unit.
The Task Force will consult with the teaching and learning community, including students, to consider and make recommendations on the following:
- What types of summative assessments are used by Queen’s instructors and more broadly throughout the postsecondary sector?
- What are the pros/cons and recommended ‘case-use(s)’ for different types of summative assessments?
- How might summative assessments differ for in-person versus online students?
- What type of institutional support is needed to operationalize each type of summative assessment?
- What types of support should be provided centrally (e.g., OUR, ITS) versus by the Faculties/Schools?
Terms of Reference
- Develop an evidence-based list of summative assessments used by Queen’s instructors and throughout the postsecondary sector.
- Identify the pros/cons for each type, as well as the ideal ‘case-use(s)’, to facilitate instructor awareness.
- Consult with individuals in the teaching and learning community, including administrators, instructors, students, and staff to solicit input on the current and future use of different types of summative assessments.
- Develop the minimal requirements to operationalize support for each assessment type.
- Make recommendations concerning the types of institutional support for summative assessments, including whether support is done centrally and/or by Faculties/Schools
- Guide and develop academic policies relevant to final assessment practices
- Suggest a timeline to implement any recommended changes
- Consult with Faculties/Schools, the Provost, VP Student Affairs and VP Finance and Administration to determine budgetary implications of any recommended changes
- AVPTL – Klodiana Kolomitro
- OUR – Suzanne Arniel
- FAS – Bill Nelson
- FEAS – Brian Frank
- QHS – Jordan Miller
- SGS – Chris Deluca
- CTL – Lauren Anstey
- Resource – Kairee Kirkwood/Sue Blake