CDE Conference 09/02/2009. D Whitelock

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

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CDE Conference 09/02/2009. D Whitelock

  1. 1. 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. Assessment drives learning (Rowntree, 1977 ) DMW, CDE, February 2009
  3. 3. The Assessment Challenge <ul><li>Constructivist Learning .... Push </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional reliability and accountability …. Pull </li></ul><ul><li>Roadmap for e-Assessment (Whitelock & Brasher, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Towards reflective practice </li></ul><ul><li>Personalised learning agenda </li></ul>DMW, CDE, February 2009
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  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Feedback: Don’t forget the human reaction <ul><li>Picture courtesy Chris McKillop </li></ul>DMW, CDE, February 2009
  7. 7. DMW, CDE, February 2009 www.storiesabout.com www.storiesabout.com/creativepdp [email_address]
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  10. 10. Learning to assess: “The Poppletonian” <ul><li>Innovative assessments that discourage plagiarism? </li></ul><ul><li>Medieval History – marks awarded for competitive jousting </li></ul><ul><li>Botany – best nature table </li></ul>DMW, CDE, February 2009
  11. 11. e-Assessment: effectiveness vs. innovation DMW, CDE, February 2009
  12. 12. e-Assessment: Maturity vs. Availability DMW, CDE, February 2009
  13. 13. What do we want from Evaluation and Assessment? <ul><li>Towards self-reflective students who take control of their own learning? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we do this? </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s debate and discuss </li></ul>DMW, CDE, February 2009

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