Types of assessment

Choosing what type of assessment to use can be daunting and we often default to what we know (primarily written assessments in higher education). However, allowing students the opportunity to show what they know in a variety of ways can support engaged and authentic learning.

The Guide to selecting appropriate assessment methods is a good place to start.


An ePortfolio is an electronic collection of evidence assembled and managed by the user that demonstrates their learning to different audiences, both during their course and after graduation.

The Blackboard portfolio tool is a simple to use portfolio that is available to all staff and students. It enables users to collect and organise documents and other files (known as artefacts) representative of their work both over the duration of their study and beyond. A portfolio offers a means to demonstrate formative and/or summative progress and achievement.


Listen to Steve Rowe discuss presentations in the Blackboard environment. If you are interested in creating online student presentations see the article: Student Presentations with VoiceThread assignments.

Group work

Listen to Steve Rowe discuss group work in the Blackboard environment

(Please note - it's better to refer to the Online version rather than export, as it's always up to date)