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Making a mark: assessment for learning. Powis & Webb


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Making a mark: assessment for learning. Powis & Webb

  1. 1. Marking a mark Assessment for learning LILAC 29th March 2010 Chris Powis and Jo Webb Presented by Amanda Poulton
  2. 2. What are your experiences of assessment?
  3. 3. What is assessment?  Summative or Formative  Norm-referenced or Criterion-referenced  Authentic  Integrated  Convergent (solutions converge on one answer) or Divergent (no single right answer)
  4. 4. Why assess?  To support learning  assessment for learning, assessment as learning  Encourage the development of skills and abilities  To give feedback  To give a mark  Motivational  Political  All of above
  5. 5. Who assesses?  Tutor  Peer  Self  Peer or self moderated by tutor
  6. 6. When and where does assessment take place?
  7. 7. Qualities of assessment  Validity – testing achievement of specified learning outcomes  Reliability – would different assessors reach the same decision?  Efficient – best use of time (learner and teacher)  Fair – most learners should pass  Value –learners take a pride in it.
  8. 8. Assessment methods
  9. 9. Practical  Prepare an assessment strategy e.g. for  For an information literacy module with 1st year undergraduates  With Pharmacy students undertaking a professional qualification (within an assessed module)  In a workshop with Art & Design students  With taught postgraduates on a research methods course in the Humanities  With Year 11 students at school  A family history course
  10. 10. Feedback on assessment  Publish learning outcomes and assessment criteria and give feedback in terms of them  Be specific  Include ways to improve  Encourage peer support  Encourage critical reflection
  11. 11. How to provide feedback  Oral  Written  Peer  Group
  12. 12. Contacts  Chris Powis, Deputy Director (Academic Services) University of Northampton  Jo Webb, Head of Academic Services, De Montfort University  Amanda Poulton, Academic Team Manager (Learning and Skills Development) De Montfort University