The Policy on Assessment of Student Learning (PASL) will come into effect
in Fall 2024!

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What is PASL?

PASL is a principles-based policy designed around the concept of assessment for learning.

Learn about PASL

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What’s changing?

In Fall 2024, PASL will replace the existing University Student Assessment Policy (USAP).

Read about the changes

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Have questions?

Visit the FAQ page for answers to common questions or send your own question.

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Principles and key concepts

Learn about the guiding principles and some terminology
behind PASL.

Development and approval

Find out about the research, planning, and consultation that have led to PASL.


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PASL for instructors

Everything you need to know about implementing PASL.

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PASL for students

How will PASL affect you as a student?


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Beyond Grading is returning to McGill!

TLS is pleased to announce the return of Beyond Grading, our symposium series on assessment strategies at McGill. Visit

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New resource! Examples of assessment tools

Find a bank of example rubrics and other assessment tools used by McGill instructors that you can adapt to your course context. Learn more.

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Paving the way for a new approach to student assessment

Find answers to some common questions in this McGill Reporter article. Read more.



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New podcast!

Tune in to Teach.Learn.Share, our podcast miniseries on assessment and well-being. Over five episodes, we invite you to join our conversations with members of the McGill community. Every episode will include concrete assessment strategies and calls to action to foster healthy learning environments.

What’s an assignment that really helped you learn?

Hear from students about the kinds of assignments they feel support their learning in this video series.

As part of this project, we surveyed students on their perceptions of learning and compiled assessment strategies for instructors.

Blog posts

Teach.Learn.Share: Assessment for learning and well-being

Our new podcast will feature blog articles to accompany each episode. Find more information, access a list of references, and listen in directly from our blog. Access Teach.Learn.Share articles.

New policy opens the way for new approach to assessment

An interview with the (former) Associate Dean of Students and the Director of TLS, who discuss the motivation and process for developing PASL, and some of its key points. Read more.

Re-designing a course with equity in mind

Professor Julie Cumming shares teaching and assessment strategies that promote equity while supporting students’ learning. Read more.

How can assessment be used to promote student well-being?

A summary of a discussion of the Assessment and Feedback Group, exploring assessment and feedback strategies that can improve student wellness and well-being. Read more.


► More blog posts on assessment for learning

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