The Graduate School of Life Sciences has established an Assessment Panel (AP) to ensure assessment quality for all Master’s degree programmes of the GSLS. The AP is a subcommittee of the Board of Examiners.
The AP advises on and monitors assessment quality. In addition, the AP aims to be a low-threshold committee for questions concerning any kind of assessment-related topic.
So, if you have a question about assessment, please feel free to contact the Assessment Panel via email.
The Assessment Panel monitors the quality of:
- assessment procedures of the GSLS programmes as a whole
- assessment procedures of the individual curriculum components
- course exams, either by random sampling or upon request
- assessment of complex tasks (e.g. presentations of scientific data, theses, research projects) by random sampling
The Assessment Panel collects and evaluates information on:
- student perception of assessment
- success rates
- percentages of candidates achieving cum laude
- grades for written assignments and research projects
The Assessment Panel advises on:
- implementing effective assessment procedures
- aligning assessment with learning outcomes set by the GSLS programmes
- developing assessment matrices
- grading written assignments
- designing rubrics
- professional development of examiners and staff with respect to assessment
The main task is to support coordinators and teachers in solving assessment-related issues. They will provide answers to your questions concerning assessment, i.e.
- What is the best way to grade written assignments?
- How can I improve the quality of my exam questions (both open ended and multiple choice)?
- How do I design questions testing at various cognitive levels (knowledge, insight, or application)
- How do I determine the distinction between pass and fail?
- How can I evaluate the quality of my exam using psychometric analysis?
- How do I interpret the psychometric values obtained?
- How can I incorporate participation in group work activities in the (final) grade of the course?
Contact the Assessment Panel.
Inge E.T. van den Berg (Faculty of Medicine)
Chantal W.B. Boonacker (Julius Centre)
Annemarie Heersche (Department of Pharmacy)
Marianne W.H.C. Bol-Schoenmakers (IRAS)
Esther de Graaff (Department of Cell Biology)
Policy maker: Rianne A.M. Bouwmeester (Biomedical sciences)
EMP-support: Karin Scager (Centrum voor Onderwijs en Leren - Onderwijsadvies en training)
Development of rubrics for research reports, practical skill and presentation skills.
Paper “Cijfers in de master meester: hoe consistent is de beoordeling van stages en scripties bj de Graduate School of Life Sciences (UU)?”.