Teacher’s Handbook

Learning assessment at Aalto University

Assessment for learning at Aalto University is a carefully planned pedagogical process which aims to support learning instead of merely measuring it. It is always strongly connected to the course and curriculum objectives and the intended learning outcomes. The objectives and outcomes are confirmed in the two-year curricula of the degree programmes.

The course-level assessment matrix, which summarises the the learning to be attained in the course, is always designed against the intended learning outcomes of the course. Learning outcomes are defined and confirmed in the curriculum process, which occurs every two years. The assessment practices are chosen and planned by the teacher of the course.

There are many approaches to assessment. In this section, we introduce some of the options that are commonly used.
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Variety of assessment practices

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary university with a wide spectrum of teaching traditions, programme profiles and degrees. For a teacher, it is beneficial to reflect on and understand Aalto's wide array of teaching and learning contexts and their pedagogical possibilities.

The student assignments in a course can vary from academic texts, study or project reports, essays, designs, productions and portfolios to artwork.  Learning can also be assessed in an exam, whether onsite or online. 

It is beneficial to discuss assessments with colleagues from different Aalto schools and learn from the practices of other disciplines and teaching traditions.

‘Assessment for learning’ means the methods, tools and practices that you use in order to define what the student has learned in relation to the intended learning outcomes of the course. The main things to consider when choosing an assessment method or methods are:

  • What is being assessed?
  • How is learning assessed?
  • When is the assessment done?
  • Who assesses?

For academic guidance and thesis evaluation, please contact your school's Learning services team.

Assessment principles

Aalto University General Regulations on Teaching and Studying

Digital learning assessment and examination

Digital learning assessment and online examination

Aalto has several digital assessment services, the most important of which are the Aalto EXAM system, remotely proctored exams in MyCourses and Teams, and MyCourses Quiz and Assignment activities, as well as Turnitin and Peergrade.

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Sisu and MyCourses 

Sisu and MyCourses are core digital platforms that all teachers need in order to successfully manage their student information, course content and workflow, including assignments, learning materials, collaboration, student communication and assessments.

 

Sisu and MyCourses, the core systems and their connections

How courses get their online course space? All Aalto University courses are listed in Sisu, the student information system. MyCourses online workspaces are automatically generated based on the Sisu information for each course.

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The values guiding assessment principles at Aalto University

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Aalto University strategy – We shape a sustainable future

Our operations are based on high-quality research, education, impact, as well as shared values – responsibility, courage, and collaboration. The purpose of the university is to shape a sustainable future.

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Code of Conduct - Values into practice

The Aalto University Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working — the foundation of our community culture — into practice

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We aim to be a diverse and inclusive community where all students, faculty, staff and stakeholders feel a sense of belonging and can fulfill their professional, educational and social aspirations fully.

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