Skip main navigation

New offer! Get 30% off one whole year of Unlimited learning. Subscribe for just £249.99 £174.99. New subscribers only. T&Cs apply

Find out more

Using self-assessment as a starting point

Watch Jonah discuss the pros and cons of two types of self assessment. What approaches does he talk about?

One of the key benefits of the Skills Builder framework is that by breaking skills down into structured learning outcomes, it’s then possible to assess what students can or can’t already do.

Understanding students’ starting positions is important for teaching effectively. We can’t do this if we don’t understand what students already know. When we know this, we can target what to work on next.

It’s the same with the core skills. If we don’t know which of the skill steps students can do and which need working on, we could waste a lot of time teaching steps that they already know, or trying to build skill steps which need knowledge that students don’t have. There are several possible approaches to assessment. In this video, Jonah talks about the pros and cons of two types of self-assessment.

  • What approaches does he talk about?
  • When would these approaches be helpful?

Share your ideas in the comments below.

This article is from the free online

Teaching and Assessing Core Skills

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now