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Keynote: Conole: What is the Impact of New Forms of Social and Participatory Media on Assessment Practices?

Keynote at the e-assessment conference, Dundee University, 3rd September 2010

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Gráinne Conole
3 September 2010

The talk will outline new social and participatory technologies, drawing on a recent extensive review of these technologies. It will provide examples of how they are being used in learning and teaching. It will consider what impact these new technologies have on assessment practices and will put forward the OU’s Learning Design initiative as a new methodology for helping teachers design assessments.

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The context of learning, teaching and assessment is changing as a consequence of new technologies, and in particular social and participatory technologies. 

  • Learning and the context of learning have changed, how do we take account of that in terms of how we design, support and assess learning?  
  • What new forms of assessment practices are needed?
  • How can we harness increasingly sophisticated e-assessment tools? 
  • There will be an ongoing co-evolution of tools and use, how do we take account of this?  
  • How can ensure that learners and teachers develop the new digital literacies needed to harness new technologies?
  • How do we assess beyond the individual (others plus tools)?  
  • How can we devise appropriate pathways for navigating an increasingly complex digital landscape?
  • How should we take account of the fact that the boundaries between formal and informal learning are blurring in formal educational contexts?

Gráinne Conole
05:22 on 3 September 2010

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Gráinne Conole
6:58am 3 September 2010


Please do use this space as a place to discuss the issues I raise during the presentation. You can also add relevant links and references. What do you think of the list of questions I pose above, what else should we be considering?

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