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Meaningful Assessment in Interdisciplinary Education

A Practical Handbook for University Teachers

Ilja Boor Debby Gerritsen Linda de Greef Jessica Rodermans

160 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Today’s university lecturers are faced with the challenge of educating students to see beyond the limits of their own discipline and to come up with innovative solutions to societal challenges. Many lecturers would like to put more emphasis on teaching students how to integrate diverse forms of knowledge, work together in teams, critically reflect and become self-regulated learners. These lecturers are breaking down the silos of scientific disciplines as well as the barriers between academia and society and responding to the changing role of universities in society.

Just as teaching and learning are ready for change, so is assessment. In this book, we call for an assessment strategy with a greater emphasis on assessment for and assessment as learning, with a focus on giving powerful feedback and the use of authentic assessment tasks as well as alignment with the intended learning outcomes and your pedagogical beliefs.

If you are looking for ways to assess integration, collaboration, reflection, and critical thinking rather than only assessing the acquisition of knowledge, the examples in this handbook are inspiring initiatives that can point you to new directions in assessment.
Author Bio
Ilja Boor lectures for the Bachelor’s program Psychobiology and is project leader Educational Innovation at curriculum level at the Teaching & Learning Center of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Debby Gerritsen lectures for the Bachelor's program Interdisciplinary Social Science and the interdisciplinary Research Master’s Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Linda de Greef works at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is the programme manager at The Teaching Lab where experiments, publications, workshops, guides and methods for interdisciplinary education are developed and shared. Jessica Rodermans until recently designed and organized interdisciplinary electives, honours courses and minor programs for the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.