Approaching assessment from a learning perspective: Elevating assessment beyond technique

Michele Simms, Beena George

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Assessment is a key process in assuring quality education but how is it linked to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)? How can we join teaching and learning to the assessment process rather than view it as a stand-alone component in course and/or program development? This paper explores the relationship between assessment and the SoTL in an effort to identify a systems approach to program management practices. The goal is not to dismiss the value of mechanics and tools in assessment but to highlight the value of building an assessment process that brings together the respective components of assessment with the scholarship that constitutes teaching and learning and an understanding of assessment as learning. Incorporating the use of curriculum maps and Fink's taxonomy of significant learning advances a framework-driven practice that supports assurance of learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalEducational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Assessment
  • Assessment as learning
  • Assurance of learning
  • Curriculum map
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)
  • Taxonomy of significant learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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