Maintaining quality assessment practices in Norwegian higher education after the two-evaluator law


  • Yael Harlap University of Bergen
  • Christian Jørgensen University of Bergen
  • Sehoya Cotner University of Bergen



In May 2021, the Norwegian parliament voted unanimously to again require the use of two evaluators to assess all student work given a grade on the A-F scale in higher education. This revision of the law regulating higher education marks a return to a rule that had been rescinded with the Quality Reform of 2001, and has the potential to lead to a cascade of negative consequences for the quality of practices in STEM higher education. We first provide an overview of the problem, and then offer practical, constructive, and evidence-based suggestions for how instructors can meet these requirements while still offering students opportunities to gain formative feedback, to engage in deep and meaningful learning, and be assessed in ways that are aligned with the intended learning outcomes of the course. These recommendations are certainly not exclusive to a STEM learning context, but two of us (CJ and SC) are STEM educators and bring that perspective to this work.


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Author Biography

Sehoya Cotner, University of Bergen


Department of Biological Sciences

University of Bergen


Adjunct Professor

Department of Biology Teaching and Learning

University of Minnesota (USA)






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