Summative assessment

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.

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 for reading the literature, doing some assignments and participate in group discussions. Attendance on scheduled days is mandatory.

The course is free of charge 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 not available through KI library).

Target group 

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

Course content and structure

The course will include different types of written assessments, performance and workplace assessments, digital assessment, 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. All participants are given the opportunity to work with and further develop their own / authentic 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.

For those who wish to credit the course as part of postgraduate education, they must apply for this and registration of credits is done via the director of studies at their own department.

Course dates

Autumn 2022

This course will be given Autumn 2022 (dates: October 25, November 15, November 29, December 14, and January 17 (2023)).


The link will open 15th March ( and will be closing 11th October).


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

Arash Hadadgar


Course syllabus