TU/e innovation Space CBL Toolkit

Assessment as learning

How might we decide how we assess in our course so that we support learning and competency development? In this workshop, you will brainstorms and choose (formative/summative) assessments approaches that support the ongoing, iterative evaluation of student learning and progress. Assessing entails collecting and analyzing data from multiple sources, such as formative assessments, student reflections, and peer evaluations, to inform instructional decisions and improve student learning. This way of assessing emphasizes continuous improvement and the development of a growth mindset.


60-90 min.


For live session: post-its, pens, printouts of worksheets. For online session: Miro template, charged laptop, internet.


2-6 people, 1 facilitator.


It is necessary to have the Intended Learning Objectives pre-defined, before using this workshop. Preferrably, participants have basic knowledge of constructive alignment and programmatic assessment.

Follow the steps of this workshop, to go from brainstorming assessment methods and matching learning activities to prioritising and developing a blueprint for the (re)design of your course/project.

The first activity of this workshop is called Programmatic Assessment worksheet. Follow the instructions below:


  1. Choose one of your Intended Learning Outcomes and write it the first box.
  2. Read your ILO and brainstorm. What could we do to assess it? Come up with as many ideas as you can. Tip: if you get stuck, go back to the ILO and make it more specific.
  3. Now consider all ideas and vote the ones that you think it would be most suitable to assess that specific ILO you considered. Each brainstorm participant get 3 votes and they can distribute them freely on all ideas (e.g. all 3 votes for one, one vote for different ideas, etc.)
  4. Based on the result of the voting round, focus on one assessment method and brainstorm again: what learning activities could we set up to match this assessment?
  5. Consider all ideas and vote again (again, each participant gets 3 votes) for the most suitable learning activities.
  6. Bring the most voted ideas to the next exercise.

Now that you have an assessment method and learning activities that satisfy your ILO, proceeds as instructed to create a course/project blueprint:


  1. Take the voted assessment ideas and the learning activities ideas and plot them over the duration of your course/project. How many times will you perform that (formative/summative) assessment? When will the activities occur?
  2. Once you are done, you will have a basic blueprint of your course/project.
  3. You can go back to the previous exercise, choose another ILO, repeat the process and integrate your blueprint with more learning activities and assessments.

Resources and downloads

You can access the PDF worksheet canvases through the download button: they are ready for print.

Hey, this Chiara, Education Designer at TU/e innovation Space. How can I help you?

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