Programme Focused Assessment

Duration 25 hours


A programme-focused approach to assessment encourages academic staff and students to experience their programme as a cohesive and coherent whole.

Programme teams need to engage in purposeful conversations about how, why, what, when and who questions related to the assessment of learning across the programme and consider ideas for its enhancement.

You’ll Learn to

  • Discuss and investigate Programme Focussed Assessment practices in a subject/ programme.
  • Debate different approaches to ‘knowing what’s going on in your programme’, such as assessment mapping, team dialogue, other evidence gathering tools
  • Identify appropriate assessment design interventions for subject/ programme.
  • Explore leadership of change in Programme Focussed Assessment

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Domain 3 Professional Communication and Dialogue emphasises the importance of excellent, clear and coherent communication skills within the changing learning environment.
  • Domain 4 Professional Knowledge and Skills ensures the individual remains current in terms of their professional/disciplinary knowledge and can implement teaching, learning and assessment approaches which promote active learning and are underpinned by a strong evidence base.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with:

Dr Ciara O’Farrell

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Cicely Roche

Trinity College Dublin

Prof Geraldine O’Neill

University College Dublin

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