This module course is given asynchronously online and based on engagement with peers through text. It is aimed at university teacher from all academic areas with teaching experience and previously completed training in higher education teaching, UL1 or equivalent. The aim of the course is to learn more about formative assessment and feedback processes, map out existing formative assessment and feedback practices, and design new practices that are theory and evidence informed.

About the course

In this course, we will discuss how formative assessment, feedback and peer review play a role in student learning in higher education. We will consider formative assessment, feedback and peer review from a programme-wide, course-wide as well as individual perspective, and we will, through texts discuss some recent research in the field, and consider how formative assessment feedback and peer review can be enhanced, and made more systematic within education programmes.

Course content and structure

The course covers five course topics over period of six weeks, with a break for Easter week. Activities are done in a coordinated, but asynchronous fashion, enabling you to follow your own progress, but also give feedback to others, and gain insights from others’ on your reflections and work. There are no course meetings, all activity is done via the Athena Learning Management System. The course period is 4 March to 19 April.

During the course you will:

  • Read in some of the latest research in the field of formative assessment and feedback
  • Do a curriculum mapping of a selection of courses offered at your department with a view on formative assessment and feedback
  • Plan for developments in your own practice using formative assessment and feedback practices.

The course is equivalent to two weeks of study, i.e. 3 ECTS. Course language is English.

Schedule Spring 2024

Course topic 1

Course start: 4 March


Taking in the literature

During this period you will read 7-10 papers presenting a state-of-the-art picture of formative assessment practices.

Course topic 2


Reviewing the literature

You will present a paper to your peers, where you present your understanding of the literature you have read. You will read and give feedback to two other peers.

Course topic 3


Mapping practices at your department
You will conduct a mini curriculum mapping, whereby you view the current formative assessment and feedback practices at your department. You will be asked to analyze syllabi and other relevant course information. You will also give feedback to a minimum of two other peers.

Course topic 4

Developing your own practice
Based on a selection of literature you will be given the task of planning the development of formative assessment and feedback practices at your department or in your course. You will reflect on developments at the individual teaching level (Micro), the course level (Meso) and the programme-wide level (Macro).

Course topic 5

Course end: 19 April

You will submit your course examination where you plan for the development of formative assessment and feedback practices using available literature. A practical plan is expected, as well as a research oriented reflection and you will also be required to submit learning design artefacts which you will use in your teaching.

Venue/ Find your way

No course meetings, all activity is done via Athena

Course Language English
Course Leader

Cormac McGrath Associate Professor, Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Course Literature  Research articles


Course certificate

You will be provided with a course certificate that certifies that you have completed the training once you have attended the meetings and carried out the tasks.


Terms and conditions: Participation is free of charge for all employees at Stockholm University. Your application is processed within a few working days and you will receive a message through the signup system with instructions on how to complete your registration. After that your registration is binding. In case of cancellation later than two weeks ahead of the course your department will be debited a cancellation fee of 2 000 SEK. By signing up you confirm that your registration is approved by the Head of (your) Department or equivalent.

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