5. Assessment & Reflection

As the course coordinator, it is important to monitor and assess whether students have achieved the intended learning outcomes throughout the course. To accomplish this, you need to select and utilize appropriate formative and summative assessment methods (see textbox 1). Additionally, you have the responsibility of determining the role, if any, that the case owner will play in the assessment process of the students. The table below provides insights into the potential roles of case owners in assessing students:

Role case owner in assessment Advantages Disadvantages Key Considerations
  • All are assessed by the same person in a consistent manner
  • Issues with a case owner do not affect the assessment of students
  • The perspective of the case owner remains unclear; 
  • Without feedback from the case owner, they may be dissatisfied with the outcome;
  • Students may perceive the case as fictional

  • Consider the level of engagement expected from the case owner, as increased involvement might lead to hesitancy to participate in the learning process
  • Make sure that what the case owner contributes aligned with what the case owner gains 
  • Consider the learning goals when determining the assessment process of the students
Provides oral and/or written feedback on the outcome and/or process, with or without preparation
  • The case owner becomes more involved in the assessment process
  • It positively impacts students' attitudes towards the case owner
  •  The case owner offers a different perspective to the students (e.g., the usefulness of the process and the product)
  • Case owners differ, making it challenging to compare student behaviors and outputs
  • Case owners may assign very high or very low grades based on their satisfaction or dissatisfaction
Grades the students on outcome and/or process

Text box 2: Assessment methods

Formative assessment methods


  • Presenting the project proposal to case owner
  • Writing a mid-term reflection paper

Summative assessment methods


  • Presenting the outcome of the project to case owner (and stakeholders)
  • Students presenting their outcomes in an interactive workshop

Furthermore, it is important to monitor and assess whether the case owner(s) are satisfied with the process and results during the course. This provides valuable insights for improving the course in the future and maintaining a good relationship with the case owner(s). To achieve this, discuss the following aspects with the case owner(s):

  • Process results
  • Collaboration with the students and the course coordinator
  • Suggestions for improvements in future iterations
  • Potential for future collaborations between the course and the case owner(s) (Is there mutual interest in participating in the students' learning process?)

By considering these factors, you can effectively assess students' achievements, ensure satisfaction from both students and case owners, and enhance the course for future iterations while fostering strong relationships with case owner(s).

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