Flexible Assessment in large undergraduate classes: a way to enhance student motivation and learning?

Candice A. Rideout
Food, Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

This study will examine students’ perceived academic control, motivation, engagement, and academic achievement when 1) they are able to choose how their final grade will be calculated and 2) when they are not able to alter their assessment.

Using a mixed methods approach, quantitative online surveys will be administered to approximately 1000 students to determine the impact of a flexible assessment strategy, and qualitative focus groups (with students) and interviews (with teaching faculty) will be conducted to understand impressions of the utility of a flexible assessment approach.