Assessment: Graded assignments – self study + peer feedback

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
13 October 2022
Online start: 13 September 2022
13:00 17:00 Mieke Latijnhouwers 12 / 12 Add to waiting list
13 December 2022
Online start: 13 November 2022
13:00 17:00 Mieke Latijnhouwers 24 / 24 Add to waiting list
14 March 2023
Online start: 14 February 2023
13:00 17:00 Gresnigt, Marca 8 / 12 Apply
25 April 2023
Online start: 25 March 2023
13:00 17:00 Mieke Latijnhouwers 6 / 24 Apply
22 June 2023
Online start: 22 May 2023
13:00 17:00 Gresnigt, Marca 6 / 24 Apply

Course description

In this training you will work on the key elements in ensuring the quality of graded assignments. When you register for the training, you will receive the assignments details, approximately one month before the peer feedback meeting. Completion of the assignments about the ‘quality of graded assignments’ in Brightspace is a pre-requisite for joining this meeting to get (peer) feedback. In this way, you can make further improvements and include these in your UTQ-portfolio. 

Target group & Prerequisites

This training is designed for teachers who want to improve their graded assignments.

The content should tie in with the teaching duties of teachers at Wageningen University:

  • Participants should be responsible for a graded individual or group assignment of at least one course.
  • Participants should have attended the course (Re)designing a course and/or should be able to construct an assessment strategy matrix which shows congruence between intended learning outcomes, assessment methods and test elements, plus the weighting of each sub-part and/or evaluate and if necessary improve the quality of an existing assessment strategy matrix. Preferably participants also have completed the Written Exams course.
  • An up-to-date Assessment Strategy Matrix must be available for the course you will be working on.

Learning outcomes

After completing the assignments and attending the meeting the participant is able to:

  • demonstrate congruence between intended learning outcomes, tasks and products of the assignment and the assessment criteria.
  • argue how the assessment meets the quality criteria: validity, reliability, transparency, practicability for teachers and students and positive impact on student learning.
  • explain how students’ progress is assessed and how students receive (peer) feedback on their work (formative use of assessment).


The content covers how to ensure and improve the assessment quality (validity, reliability, transparency, practiciality and positive impact on learning) of graded assignments. You will use tools like the assignment specification form and will learn how to create an assessment sheet. By giving and receiving peer feedback you will further improve the quality of your assignment.


This activity is set up as self-study combined with written and face-to-face peer feedback. First, you will go through the theories in your own time, make assignments and give peer feedback online (8-12 hours in total). You need to complete the assignment as a preparation for the feedback meeting.

During the feedback meeting (4 hours) we will discuss the key elements in ensuring the quality of graded assignments so you can make further improvements and include this in your UTQ portfolio.


After registration you will receive access to the self-study material and assignments in Brightspace where you will also give and receive peer feedback.

You will use the book ‘How to assess students through assignments’ by Evelyn van de Veen (2016).


You will be awarded your certificate after the peer feedback meeting.


Participation is free for Wageningen University & Research staff involved in teaching WU courses.


We consider registration as final. When cancelled within three weeks before the activity starts, your chair group will be charged all costs of your subscription (€350,-).

If there are less than 6 participants in the course, Education Support Centre may cancel the course and notify you at the latest 2 weeks before the start of the course.