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Formative assessment plays an important role in teaching by motivating learners and providing feedback on the achievement of learning objectives to both students and tutors. However, formative assessment is confounded by large student/tutor ratios, which is an inevitable consequence of resource constraints in publicly funded higher education today. Indeed, for formative assessment to be effective, the feedback to the learner must be timely, specific to the individual, anddoi:10.3402/rlt.v9i1.12014 fatcat:tb2zt7osl5bzphetoyie2ra3v4