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Assessment & marking.

Assessment and marking of the exams and coursework of dyslexic students can raise many issues and concerns.

Here you will find suggestions for addressing some of these issues, for example, giving feedback and adjusting deadlines in ways that benefit dyslexic students.

You may find ideas for both inclusive practice and for making reasonable adjustments that are applicable in your discipline area.

Inclusive teaching

Examples from Feedback

  • Have a transparent method of offering formative feedback for both coursework and exams.
  • Allow students to see marked exam papers with feedback comments.
  • Allow the opportunity for follow-up discussion on written feedback comments.

Video examples

Dyslexia video: "Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.." Duration: 5 minutes : 3 seconds

Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.

"…one thing I really noticed was that the dyslexic students did better than they typically did and indeed have tended to do better than the other students in this…"

5 min 3s inclusive teaching video by Richard Field, in Assessment style

Dyslexia video: "Making individual adjustments for online exams.." Duration: 2 minutes : 56 seconds

Making individual adjustments for online exams.

"…We can send exam papers in both colours to both these students simultaneously just by pressing a few buttons…"

2 min 56s reasonable adjustments video by Simon Wilkinson et al., in Assessment style

Dyslexia video: "Dyslexic students: approaching exams and using extra time.." Duration: 1 minute : 49 seconds

Dyslexic students: approaching exams and using extra time.

"…it helps a lot and lets me check off the questions…because sometimes there's just that one line in there that I've missed…"

1 min 49s student perspective video by Joe Cornfield et al., in Exams

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