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Assessing Experiential Learning

Please cite as follows: Chan, CKY (2015). "Assessing Experiential Learning", Engineering Education Enhancement and Research Asia (E3R Asia).

Oral Assessment

What is Oral Assessment?

Oral assessment allows teachers assess students’ service learning outcome directly by questioning them.


In an Enterprise & Service-Oriented Architecture (ESOA) course (Regev, Gause, & Wegmann, 2009), a review panel consisting of instructors and community partners was involved in assessing students’ feelings and reflection on technical skills through individual oral examination, which required students to solve a new problem or explained a detail about a model produced by their team during the service learning project.

Sample Questions include:

  • Ask for an account of the service experience (e.g. How do you think you did in the service project?)
  • Use of probing questions to initiate and engage students in conversation


  • Regev, G., Gause, D. C., & Wegmann, A. (2009). Experiential learning approach for requirements engineering education. Requirements Engineering, 14(4), 269-287.