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Overview of week one

Week one: The role of evaluation and reflection for enhancing learning and teaching

In this introductory week, we start the course with a focus on what we mean by the concept of evaluation. A practice that is closely related to, even integrated with, evaluation is that of reflection. And, we will explore the links between evaluative and reflective practices.

Throughout the week, we encourage you to reflect on how the content relates to your educational context.

In summary, this week we will cover three topics:

  • What is evaluation and why it is needed for enhancing learning and teaching
  • Review and develop reflection and reflective practice
  • Think about how you can design and implement an evaluation in your context

Want to know more?

If you would like to more about this topic there are additional resources listed in the Want to know more.pdf for this step.


Biggs, J. (1993). From theory to practice: A cognitive systems approach. Higher Education Research and Development, 12, 73-86.

Nevo, D. (1983). The Conceptualization of Educational Evaluation: An Analytical Review of the Literature. Review of Educational Research, 53:117-128

Harvey’s Evaluation cookbook is another detailed option (Contents, Page 5)

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Introduction to Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

UNSW Sydney