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.

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. 

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. All participants are allowed 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.

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.

Course dates for Spring 2024

The course will be On-Campus and the dates will be

·        Day 1:  January 31

·        Day 2:  February 14

·        Day 3:  March 5

·        Day 4:  March 22

·        Day 5:  April 8

·        Day 6:  April 19

Registration for Spring 2024 (will close on January 8, 2024)

Please use this link for registration

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

Course syllabus

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