I've heard and read much talk of self assessment in learning and elearning over the past few years. I'm curious about how members of the Moodle community define self assessment as I've heard and read some people referring to quizzes as self assessment. In my mind, a quiz would only be self assessment if learners created the quizzes themselves, i.e. not a 3rd party or algorithm (For example, I don't regard this app as self assessment: http://blog.matbury.com/2013/01/10/free-online-interactive-c-test-generator/).
A very simple example of self assessment in language learning is the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) "Can do" statements (e.g. http://matbury.com/html/cefrl/elementary.html), whereby learners are encouraged to reflect on their learning activities, collected portfolio items, and sometimes learning journals, and estimate where they think they are in relation to their aims and objectives.
What kinds of definitions of self assessment have you come across and what do you think of them?
(Edited by Helen Foster to fix the broken links caused by the URLs to links filter - original submission Wednesday, 24 April 2013, 4:02 PM)