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To make sure we get the most out of education, we may need to both broaden our narrative about standardised testing and try to minimise its negative influences. Shutterstock

Support for standardised tests boils down to beliefs about who benefits from it

The use of standardised testing is a divisive topic, and most of the disagreement comes down to beliefs about whether using it to control education is a good or bad thing.
It’s a little intimidating when all of those chairs are full, but teaching large classes doesn’t need to stress you out. From www.shutterstock.com

What it takes to teach a large class – and do it well

Large classes don't have a good reputation when it comes to fostering student learning. But there are a few ways for teachers to adapt to bigger classes.
Assessment tasks can’t give teachers deep insights into the ways that students think. www.shutterstock.com

What is the point of assessment in higher education anyway?

The recent decision to ban multiple-choice questions at an Australian university has sparked debate about the purpose of assessment in higher education. While there are many problems with the ways in which…
No form of assessment is perfect, but when done properly, multiple-choice questions have their benefits. Shutterstock

Why it’s not just assessors who benefit from multiple choice(s)

Think of university assessment and it probably conjures anxiety. As David Boud notes: even successful, able and committed students – those who become university teachers – have been hurt by their experiences…

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