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Designing and Developing Assessments - the Assessment Matrix and Training for Online Distance Education Assessment Writers


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While the viewpoint of the key stakeholders may differ, assessment is a vital component of any educational programme. For students, assessment shapes and determines the focus of their learning. Lecturers view assessment as an important part of learning, but will also focus on other aspects such as module content. Assessment provides a lecturer with feedback on the effectiveness of their instruction. The policy maker views assessment as a tool to measure the success of instruction in achieving learning outcomes. Assessment can also trigger warning signals for programme teams within the online distance education context. Due to the lack of contact between students and the programme team, early indicators can alert administrators to ‘at risk’ students.
In 2012 a project with the aim of improving assessment writing in an online BA (Hons) in Humanities began with the development of a guide for designing and writing assessments for online distance education students. In 2013 the appropriate assessment types required to provide students with reasonable learning opportunities to achieve the programme learning outcomes, as well as module learning outcomes, were identified. This resulted in the creation of an assessment matrix, for the programme’s modular structure, which provided a detailed overview of the appropriate assessment types from a programme level perspective. Currently, to progress the project, an online course and associated training workshops are being designed for assessment writers.
This paper examines the process involved in: the creation of the guide; identifying the appropriate assessment types for the achievement of the learning outcomes; the development of the assessment matrix and; the ongoing development of an online course and training workshops. The paper also details the lessons learned from the project thus far and outlines the future plans that have emerged following the implementation of the assessment matrix.

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Designing and Developing Assessments - the Assessment Matrix and Training for Online Distance Education Assessment Writers

  1. 1. Designing and Developing Assessments - the Assessment Matrix and Training for Online Distance Education Assessment Writers Elaine Walsh and Dr James Brunton Open Education, National Institute for Digital Learning – DCU
  2. 2. OUTLINE OF PRESENTATION • Open Distance Education Teaching and Learning Model • Stakeholders • Constructive alignment – programme and module learning outcomes • Identification of skills & mapping to assessment type • Development of the Assessment Matrix • Assessment process • Current developments and future plans
  3. 3. OPEN DISTANCE EDUCATION TEACHING AND LEARNING MODEL • Very clear and distinct roles • Small number of full-time staff in DCU • Supported by network of external academics – tutors, writers, assessment writers, editors, senior academics advisors, tutoring monitors, internal examiners, external examiners and programme board members • Assessment strategy – internal staff • Assessment design and development - Working with subject-specific academics
  4. 4. STAKEHOLDERS Programme Team Tutors or Lecturers ASSESSMENT Writers: Subject Experts Students Tutors/ Monitors Programme team
  5. 5. CONSTRUCTIVE ALIGNMENT – PROGRAMME AND MODULE LEARNING OUTCOMES • Constructive alignment • Identified skills • Mapped to assessment type – Online discussions – Reflective practice – Online experiments – Final year project – Statistical analysis – Examinations
  6. 6. DEVELOPMENT OF THE ASSESSMENT MATRIX • Programmatic view of assessment • Ensure sufficient opportunities for students to achieve PLOs • Assessment types identified • 30 Modules – flexible routes with some registration rules • Mapped the assessment types to each module • Lists (per module) each assignment type, examination, assessment weightings • Wrote the Creating Assessment for Online Distance Education Students
  8. 8. ASSESSMENT PROCESS • Identify assessment type and/or liaise with writer to design each assessment • Contract suitable writers • Provide relevant documentation and information – Sample assignments and past examination papers, marking guidelines, assessment grading system, MLOs, course text, Creating Assessments for Online Distance Education Students document, assessment submission deadlines and timeframes • Template – essays, discussions, debates, peer tutoring, reflections, scaffolding assignments • Develop marking feedback grids and rubrics for new assessment types
  9. 9. CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS AND FUTURE PLANS • Moodle course – Humanities Assessment Writers • Workshop on the 7th June, 2014 • Clear statement of skills, within the matrix, linked to specific individual assessment
  10. 10. ASSESSMENT TYPES - STRUCTURE • Description • Web resources – YouTube, educational websites, articles • Application of the assessment type • Any advantages or disadvantages • What I need from the writers • Examples for use within our modules • Evaluation Criteria – including feedback grids and rubrics • Templates – sample assignments and marking guidelines
  12. 12. THANK YOU