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IBLC 10 - Session- Assessment-for-Learning: What is good practice and how can ICT help?
I'm running a session at the IBLC 10 - relating to assessment for learning and the use of...
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20 May 2010
I'm running a session at the IBLC 10 - relating to assessment for learning and the use of ICT
Concerns about assessment and feedback in Higher Education remain. The UK National Student Survey, for instance, highlights assessment and feedback as the least favoured aspect of the student learning experience. This is particularly problematic since, from the student perspective, assessment defines the curriculum (Rowntree, 1977; Snyder, 1970), influences how they study (Biggs, 2003) and how they distribute their effort.
A review of the relevant literature will show that various principles, conditions or suggestions of good practice in assessment and feedback exist, see for example (Gibbs & Simpson, 2004; National-Union-of-Students, 2008; Nicol & Macfarlane-Dick, 2006; Weston-Manor-Group, 2007). Our research has reviewed the relevant ‘sets’ and we now propose our so-called Six Themes for Good Practice in Assessment for Learning. Underpinning the development was a need to support transformational change and provide guidance and resources to practitioners that might not be immersed in or engaged with the educational literature. We wanted to develop a manageable number of themes, other sets had 10 or more principles), use language that is accessible to the practitioner, identify themes that have face-validity and transcend disciplinary boundaries
This work will introduce the Six Themes and in particular show how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be used to support the Six Themes. We will demonstrate an Assessment-for-Learning Toolkit. The Toolkit helps practitioners to make purposeful decisions on the use of ICT to respond to their own assessment and feedback challenges.
This work is predicated on the notion that a good assessment and feedback experience should be the right of all of our students. Hence we believe that the Tenets and the Toolkit will provide useful resources for engaging staff in dialogue about their current assessment and feedback practice.
Anyone interested in this area?
What might your (assessment for learning) themes be?