Summative assessment course

The aim of the course is to increase your awareness of how to create summative assessments to measure your students’ learning. The course also aims to stimulate a reflective approach to teaching and learning.

Course content and structure

The course will include different types of written assessments, performance and workplace assessments, digital assessments, standard-setting methods, and validity and reliability.

During the course, the participants should take the responsibility of learning and bring some examples about their previous exams to work on them as examples. You are allowed to work with and further develop your own/authentic assessments.

Scope and conditions

This course corresponds to two weeks of university studies (80 hours) and is based on five joint course meetings. During the course, you need to dedicate some time to reading the literature, doing some assignments, and participating in group discussions. Attendance on scheduled days is mandatory.

The course is free for employees at Karolinska Institutet and county council employees who teach/supervise Karolinska Institutets' students. The participant should buy the course literature (if it is unavailable through the KI library).

Target group 

The course is aimed at those responsible for or involved in designing assessments. 


All lectures/presentations are given in English. Discussions and seminars take place in small groups in English.


The course is considered a merit and is approved when applying for a docent or employment as a university lecturer / senior lecturer at KI. However, the course does not give university credits but corresponds to two weeks of university studies, which is documented in a course certificate.

Those who wish to credit the course as part of postgraduate education must apply for this and registration of credits is done via the director of studies in their department.

The next iteration of the course will be in Autumn 2025.

We will publish the dates and registration form of the course around 15th of March 2025.

The minimum number of course participants should be 10 persons to run the course.

Course syllabus

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