Partners in Learning – Gateway to Online Assessment in Trinity

The Initative Team

Initiative Lead
Trinity College Dublin

Primary Contact
Dr Ciara O'Farrell

Initiative Budget


Initiative Type


Trinity’s 2019-24 Strategic Plan commits to embedding the undergraduate education reform that was a central goal of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan. A key feature of this reform is the examination and renewal of teaching and learning practices, with an emphasis on students as active participants in their learning.

In light of the recent disruptions to face-to-face assessment, a new focus on online assessment practices is necessary in higher education.  Online assessments require students to apply different skills than they would in traditional assessment contexts. Online assessment can also lead assessors to rethink how and why they assess. This T & L initiative proposes developing an online programme and accompanying resources. ‘Gateway to Assessment’ is designed to develop assessment literacy in both staff and students with a focus on assessment in online environments.

Through this initiative assessors will be able to consider a range of assessment options for use online. They will explore how end-of-semester and modular assessments can be adapted effectively for the online context.  Students will be introduced to this range of online assessments with the aim of enhancing their assessment literacy and becoming partners in the assessment process.