QQI Insight on Assessment: Learner Perspectives

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A new report has been published reflecting the perspectives of learners from the FET and HE sectors as expressed during focus group sessions conducted by QQI.

QQI Insight on Assessment: Learner Perspectives

  • The report summarizes findings from a survey of over 5,000 learners across Ireland about their experiences and perspectives on assessment in education.
  • A majority (73%) of learners indicated they were satisfied overall with how assessments were managed by their education provider.
  • Learners identified some positive aspects of assessment including perceived fairness, transparency, alignment with learning, and timely feedback.
  • However, learners also noted some areas for improvement such as heavy reliance on exams, issues with inconsistent marking, and a desire for more continuous assessment.
  • The report recommends actions in four key areas: 1) empowering learner voice, 2) enhancing clarity and transparency, 3) improving the experience of assessment, and 4) building capacity of educators.
  • Key recommendations include reducing over-assessment, providing clear assessment guidelines, developing educators’ assessment literacy, and exploring innovative assessment strategies.
  • The findings provide insights into the learner perspective to help inform efforts by education providers and awarding bodies to enhance assessment policies and practices.

Read the report here


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