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Writing an Effective Assessment Brief

What does an assessment brief look like?

Assessment briefs promote transparency, fairness, and effective learning. Helping students to engage with the assessment task more confidently facilitates their development as independent learners and enhances their learning as they progress through their degree programme.  

In addition, offering detailed assessment briefs can support students to navigate the transition from A-level to undergraduate assessment, or from undergraduate to postgraduate level study. It’s important that we ease the transition for students and support their development as independent learners in higher education. 

Brief Guidelines

The following are assessment brief guidelines.  

Presenting your assessment on Canvas

It is important that students have all the necessary assessment information in one place. We have created a Canvas Assignment Template that guides you through the information to include. You can download this assignment template from Canvas Commons 

Using the Canvas Assignment Template  

  1. Click on this link to Canvas Commons and search for ‘Canvas Assignment Template’.   
  2. Add the Canvas Assignment Template to your favourites.  
  3. In the Assignment Section of your Canvas course import the template from your favourites  
  4. The template should now be visible as an imported assignment – you can edit the assignment as you would usually, using the edit function. 
  5. Add your assignment brief and any additional supporting documents (such as rubrics) should be uploaded to Canvas. 
  6. Once the documents are uploaded it is recommended to use the online accessibility software (Ally) to ensure that they are fully accessible, a quick guide on how to use Ally can be found on the Canvas Orientation page.