Understanding students' minds

In this video, we explore the cognitive processes involved when students answer exam questions, in particularly looking at where misunderstanding of questions can occur and what causes this.

Questions you may want to think about

  • Does your organisation‚Äôs assessment policy reflect these principles?
  • Do the internal assessments you use follow the principles of good assessment? If not, how can you update them?
  • What parts of the principles could you use to inform your teaching?
  • Is there knowledge in the videos that you can share with your learners? If so, how could you do this?

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