CDE Conference 09/02/2009. D Whitelock (second presentation)

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Research in Distance Education:
from present findings to future agendas. Evaluation and Assessment strand (second presentation).
Dr Denise Whitelock
Open University

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CDE Conference 09/02/2009. D Whitelock (second presentation)

  1. 1. Acceleratimg Learning to Assess: Assessment for Learning Denise Whitelock The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA [email_address] DMW, CDE, February 2009
  2. 2. DMW CBA, Ispra, Nov 2007
  3. 3. Understanding the learning context <ul><li>“ My Stuff” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very web 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Own tagging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OU ahead here </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evidence, viral video, pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Chefing pictures from mobile phones for portfolio – West Suffolk College </li></ul><ul><li>File compressions sent to Face Book </li></ul>DMW CBA, Ispra, Nov 2007
  4. 4. Students’ role under-theorised <ul><li>Feedback - students want more (Students Survey) </li></ul><ul><li>More of what? </li></ul><ul><li>Decoding (Boud, 2000; Gardner, 2006; Sadler, 1989) </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Assessment - empowering students as self-regulated learners (Nicol & Macfarlane-Dick, 2006) </li></ul>DMW, CDE, February 2009
  5. 9. Where are we now? <ul><li>Opening up with Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>Moving towards vision and not losing sight of it through tool adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>More work to do for Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Open Comment - pedagogical model open to test </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing pedagogy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Another handle on misconceptions </li></ul></ul>DMW Formative Assessment, IOE, July 2008
  6. 10. Research Agenda <ul><li>What are we trying to achieve? </li></ul><ul><li>Quality will reduce concerns about innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Role of tools to achieve consistency, reliability and fairness.....NUE principles of effective assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Computer marking of free text entry and diagrams </li></ul><ul><li>Group work assessment expert and judgement support systems </li></ul><ul><li>Data mining </li></ul><ul><li>New uses for assessment data in designing and refining learning programmes </li></ul>DMW, CDE, February 2009
  7. 11. No longer learning about X but reflecting about X <ul><li>Students are able to find facts similar to X </li></ul><ul><li>Know how X might be disputed </li></ul><ul><li>Are able to make predictions about X </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to use X in an argument </li></ul><ul><li>Know how far X can be pushed </li></ul><ul><li>Supported with tools and strategies </li></ul>DMW 2008 The Open University's Institute for Educational Technology
  8. 12. DMW CBA, Ispra, Nov 2007

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