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1 QualiAss: Supporting high-quality Assessment in Higher Education Tobias Jenert, Christoph Meier AAA/Switch Info-Day  Bern  2010-01-13

2 Assessment: An important field of action for faculty development Assessment strategies … create a learning culture. (Shepard, 2000, S. 13) If something is not assessed in higher education then it isn't learned. (Reeves, 2006, S. 299) Assessment matters in higher Education. (Brown & Glasner, 1999)  Assessment strongly influences students' learning behaviour.  Assessment quality is a prerequisite for the quality of learning in HE.

3 Assessment: An important field of action for faculty development Assessment strategies … create a learning culture. (Shepard, 2000, S. 13) If something is not assessed in higher education then it isn't learned. (Reeves, 2006, S. 299) Assessment matters in higher Education. (Brown & Glasner, 1999)  Assessment strongly influences students' learning behavior.  Assessment quality is a prerequisite for the quality of learning in HE. How can we provide teachers in HE with the necessary skills for high-quality assessment?

4 Supporting quality assessment: Approaches at St. Gallen university Brochure "Assessing fair" (Fair prüfen) +Comprehensive information, manuals & checklists  Little impact in everyday teaching practice Courses & Counselling, Centre for Faculty Development +Development of teaching skills, personal contact  Limited scope "Faculty Web": Administrative formalities +Comprehensive, available online  Lack of didactic dimension Information Develompent of teaching skills Manual guideline Supporting the actual design of assessments ? Basic idea: Performance support +Avoiding formal errors by automating calculations, formatting etc. +Triggering reflections about didactic aspects of assessment ?Acceptance with teachers

5 E-Tool for supporting the design of Quality Assessment: Main ideas Creating a performance support-tool that would… support the actual process of crafting written assessments, offer guidance and information wherever they fit within the design process  immediacy of support. help avoiding formal errors  practical added value for teachers. triggers reflection about the didactic quality of assessments  skills development  "Blueprint" of an assessment helps avoiding formal errors, triggers reflection about didactic quality and offers information "on demand".

6 QualiAss1: Conceptual work

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9 Risks and Challenges Teachers "I don't have any problems with designing assessments, but sure, some of my colleagues have!" "Not another tool!"  Lack of acceptance/impact on teaching practice. Faculty developers "Designing assessments is not a technocratic act!" "Why should teachers use such a tool?"  Scepticism about the added value of a tool. IT "We can build it but it will require time and money!" "Have you thought about data security?"  Resource-intensity/cost of the project. Lesson learned for QualiAss2: Be sensitive about risk management!  extensive testing with an MS Access-based demonstrator  testing involves of teachers and faculty developers  reviews and cutoff-point for minimizing risks

10 Phase 2: Development plan & Milestones Mile- stone DescriptionScheduled 1Functioning demonstrator based on MS Access is available2010-02-08 2Internal testing at FHNW, ETHZ & HSG  First revision2010-03-12 3 Revised demonstrator is available for further testing2010-03-30 4Testing with HE teachers - Individual tests with teachers at FHNW & HSG - Teacher workshop at ETHZ 2010-04-30 5Review with partners and Switch: Go/no-go decision for further advancement 2010-05-30 CUTOFF POINT: Demonstrator will be used for faculty development courses if not developed further 6Concept for the implementation of on online tool2010-06-30 7Proposal for phase 3Fall 2010

11 Feel free to contact us any time for further information Tobias Jenert tobias.jenert@unisg.ch Dr. Christoph Meier christoph.meier@unisg.ch


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