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David Carless is Professor of Educational Assessment at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, and a Principal Fellow of Advance HE. His signature publication is the book Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from Award-winning Practice (2015, Routledge). He was the winner of a University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016. His most recent book, Designing effective feedback processes in higher education: A learning-focused approach, co-authored with Naomi Winstone was published by Routledge in July 2019. Further details of his work are on his website: https://davidcarless.edu.hku.hk/.


Effective online assessment and feedback at scale

Assessment needs to balance the competing functions of grading, effective student learning and practicality. These challenges are accentuated by the remote distance learning under the pandemic. Some examples of effective online assessment designs at scale are discussed. Based on the examples, a learning-oriented assessment framework is proposed involving three interlocking components: designing rich assessment sequences; enabling students to appreciate quality in the discipline; and stimulating student feedback literacy. The importance of sound pedagogical principles in online assessment and feedback are highlighted. Implications for digital modes of learning-oriented assessment are discussed, including video-based forms of feedback.