The weight of evidence, however, supports the writing of assignment essays for student assessment because this approach has such positive and proven effects for improved student learning.
The following exercise helps you to get started with developing your ‘read the writer’ skills.
in examinations), we are not giving all of our students equal opportunities. Exams only provide students with a mark rather than specific feedback on their progress.
Some students are not daunted by the exam experience while others suffer ‘exam nerves’ and perform at the lowest level of their capabilities. Therefore, setting assignment essays for a substantial part of student assessment is a much fairer approach than one-off examination testing.
No matter what the topic is, you will see similarities between your writing tasks and these model essays.
This is because many features of writing are common across subject areas. Law, Economics, Psychology and others), it is very useful to find subject-specific essay models as you can use these to work out the ‘peculiarities’ of writing for that subject area. The following five paragraph essay has paragraph labels to show the parts of an academic essay. (Note: This essay does not contain authentic references and has been written specifically to use for this teaching task.) Discuss why assignment essays are common assessment tasks in undergraduate tertiary coursework, and evaluate the effectiveness of assignments as an avenue for learning. Using assignment essays for assessment supports student learning better than the traditional examination system. It is considered that course-work assignment essays can lessen the extreme stress experienced by some students over ‘sudden-death’ end of semester examinations: If we insist that all students write about everything they have learned in their study courses at the same time and in the same place (e.g. 36-37) propose that assignment essays can be used to assess student learning mid-course and so provide them with helpful feedback before they are subjected to the exam experience. As an assessment tool, assignment essays have some disadvantages for lecturers and students. It has been found that assignment essays consume a great deal of staff time and money to mark and student time to prepare (Sankey & Liger, 2005, p. A consequence of these problems is that feedback to students is frequently delayed, and this is much less useful to students than rapid feedback (p. It is partly because of these disadvantages of time and expense that other assessments such as multiple-choice tests and short answer questions have an enduring place in the tertiary learning environment. Journal of Research in University Education, 9(2), 114-125. Also, assignment essays can be less stressful than examinations as they allow students to show their understanding of content in less pressured circumstances. On the other hand, the time consuming nature of writing and marking essays points to some disadvantages that also need to be considered. Linking teaching, learning and succeeding in higher education. Assignment essay tasks are set to assist students to develop mastery of their study subject. Firstly, assignment tasks enhance understandings about subject matter.