assessment

3 February 2021: Enabling student agency in assessment and feedback

This panel session was jointly presented by Transforming Assessment and the Assessment in Higher Education Network (UK).

Session chair: Fabio Arico (University of East Anglia, UK)

19 November 2020: Re-imagining assessment to "robot-proof" our students

Presenter: Prof Margaret Bearman (Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Australia)

18 November 2020: Defending assessment against e-Cheating: design and standards

Presenter: A/Prof Phillip Dawson (Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Australia)

HKCPD Hub for University English Teachers: Workshop 12 Oct 2020

Transforming Assessment for online learning, 12 Oct 2020

Workshop session - 1.5 hours [workshop now finished]

Held 4:30PM Hong Kong time (7:30PM Eastern Australia summer,  08:30 universal time).

Dr Mathew Hillier, e-Assessment Academic, Macquarie University, Australia

Session slides ---> DOWNLOAD HERE <---

Note: other session resources are below.

Beyond the COVID-19 induced rapid pivot to online teaching, there is an opportunity to take the next step in changing student assessment, from “assessment of learning” to “assessment for learning”. Digital technology enables assessment designers and teachers to create more authentic, relevant assessments to better meet the needs of 21st century learners. However, the realities of resource constraints and differing perspectives means there are often trade-offs made between the competing priorities of authenticity, scalability and integrity of assessments. This session will explore the choice of how we can change assessment to be better suited to the online world; we have a choice between migration and transformation.

Workshop details

This session will explore the choice between migration and transformation for online assessment. We will briefly cover some some theory and also look at some practical examples of innovative assessment that seek to strike a balance in enabling assessment for online learning environments.

This session will be conducted live via Zoom. Participants will be asked to respond to questions via text chat, online polls and breakout disucssion groups.

Key resources (note the slide download above includes scenario and group task descriptions).

Activity resources:

  1. Selecting a suitable communicative tool in Moodle (UNSW) http://taw.fi/BWF
  2. Conducting an interactive online oral assessment (Griffith) http://taw.fi/IOA
  3. Example ESL presentation rubric (docx) http://taw.fi/ESLP

Other resources:

  1. Which tool for what job? Mapping pedagogical aims to suitable tools. Blooms level and ease of use notes.
  2. More about Rubric design and use (Moodle examples) http://taw.fi/rubric
  3. A collection of rubrics http://taw.fi/rubricbank

Session activity poll results.

Poll 1: With respect to the trade off or tension in the triad of assessment: integrity, scalability and authenticity. Which two would you pick?

Poll 1.

Poll 2: With respect to ESL learning and teaching, what does 'authentic assessment' mean to you? 

Poll 2

15 July 2020: AHE conference panel - looking to 2021

Presenter / Session Chair: Fabio R Aricò (University of East Anglia, UK).

A joint Assessment in Higher Education conference (UK) and Transforming Assessment webinar panel session.

UUM 23 July 2020: Transforming assessment for online learning

Transforming Assessment for online learning, 23 July 2020

Lectorial workshop session - Two hours starting 10am Malaysian time (12noon Eastern Australia. 0200 universal time). Hosted by the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

Dr Mathew Hillier, e-Assessment Academic, Macquarie University, Australia

Session slides: DOWNLOAD HERE!

There is an increasing need to instil and accredit graduates with skills and knowledge fit for the employability and social needs of the 21st century. There is an increasing need to assess higher order knowledge, complex problem solving and the integration of now common software 'e-tools of the trade', yet there is a persistence of relatively archaic practices in education such as pen-on-paper quiz testing. Beyond the COVID-19 induced rapid pivot to online teaching, there is an opportunity to take the next step in re-thinking assessment in higher education. Digital technology can enable assessment designers and teachers to create more authentic, relevant assessments to better meet the needs of 21st century learners. However the realities of resource constraints and differing perspectives means there are often trade-offs made between the competing priorities of authenticity, scalability and integrity of assessments.

Workshop details

This session will explore the choice between migration and transformation for online assessment. We will briefly cover some some theory and also look at some practical examples of innovative assessment that seek to strike an achievable balance in enabling assessment for online learning environments.

Participants will be asked to interact to questions via text chat.

A group based task will conclude the workshop. The audience will be placed into random groups where they will have a choice of two online assessment scenarios,

a) engaging in online group communication around a task OR

b) conducting online interactive oral assessment,

with these to be explored by their group.

Groups will be tasked with:

1) designing an assessment rubric criteria for the task selected above and

2) designing a student engagement activity centred around understanding judgement/rubrics.

Supporting resources will be provided via slides and below.

This session will be conducted live via Zoom with breakout rooms used to manage group work.

Key resources (note the slide download above includes scenario and group task descriptions).

Links resources:

  1. Scenario Option A - further resource on selecting a suitable communicative tool in Moodle http://taw.fi/BWF
  2. Scenario Option B - further resource on conducting an interactive online oral assessment http://taw.fi/IOA
  3. Which Moodle tool for what job? = answered here! https://moodletoolguide.net/en/
  4. More about Rubric design and use http://taw.fi/rubric
  5. A collection of rubrics http://taw.fi/rubricbank

ASI online seminar 6 and 8 July 2020: Paradigm Shift for Assessment

Online seminar 6 July and 8 July 2020: "Paradigm Shift for Assessment".

Two afternoon sessions each starting at Hong Kong time 2:30pm (06:30am universal time, 7:30am UK Summer, 4:30pm Eastern Australia). Hosted by the Academic Study Institute, a joint project of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).

Day 1 Keynote: Thinking Differently about Assessment with Digital Technology Support, 6 July 2020

Dr Mathew Hillier (Guest of HKBU) e-Assessment Academic, Macquarie University, Australia

Download slides: Hillier keynote slides PDF

Session recordings are available for keynote sessions on the first day.

There is an increasing need to instil and accredit graduates with skills and knowledge fit for the employability and social needs of the 21st century. Yet the need to assess higher order knowledge, complex problem solving and the integration of now common software 'e-tools of the trade' is increasingly a challenge in light of the persistence of relatively archaic practices in education such as pen-on-paper quiz testing. In light of the COVID-19 induced rapid pivot to online teaching, there is now an opportunity to take the next step in re-thinking assessment in higher education. Digital technology can enable assessment designers to create more authentic and relevant assessments to better meet the needs of 21st century learners. However the realities of resource constraints and differing perspectives means there are often trade-offs made between the competing priorities of authenticity, scalability and integrity of assessments. This session will explore issues, concepts and practical examples of innovative assessment practices that seek to strike an achievable balance in enabling a rethinking of assessment in higher education.

Day 2 Workshop: Exploring Different Assessment with Digital Technology Support, 8 July 2020

This session will explore the design of assessment for online contexts with a focus of exploring Rubrics as a tool to guide the assessment process.

Participants will be placed into groups where they will have a choice of two online assessment scenarios,

a) engaging in online group communication around a task OR

b) conducting online interactive oral assessment,

with these to be explored by their group.

Groups will be tasked with designing an assessment rubric. Supporting resources will be provided.

This session will be conducted live via Zoom with breakout rooms used to manage group work.

Key resource: Download the slide set containing scenarios.

Links to further resources:

  1. More about Rubric design and use http://taw.fi/rubric
  2. A collection of rubrics http://taw.fi/rubricbank
  3. Scenario Option A - further resource on selecting a suitable communicative tool in Moodle http://taw.fi/BWF
  4. Scenario Option B - further resource on conducting an interactive online oral assessment http://taw.fi/IOA
  5. Bonus link - which Moodle tool for what job? = answered here! https://moodletoolguide.net/en/

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