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Innovation in Assessment? Why? Poor student feedback regarding feedback timeliness and usefulness Staff workloads Student lack of awareness as to what constitutes feedback How? Some approaches tried and tested We do not have all the answers!!!
BUE traditional approaches Coursework Reports Essays Maths based questions Group or Individual Formal examinations Closed book Open book Presentations Oral Posters Good range seen as a positive by students and colleagues in other Schools
Why? Aims To improve learning from the assessment process To engage students further To improve student performance To improve retention (hopefully) To improve student feedback (NSS)
How? The traditional methods of assessment are tried and tested External Examiners are comfortable with them Students are comfortable with them Staff are comfortable with them BUT
Could the methods we use be: Tweaked More balanced Varied How can these approaches achieve the aims that innovative forms of assessment seek to achieve?
BUE Examples Seen closed book examinations Students are given the question a week before Focuses research and promotes further reading Discourages plagiarism
BUE Examples Changing the brief of a project Students work on a project all year with a given brief Submit project as a group Given a change to the brief and an afternoon to formulate changes to proposal Simulates working under pressure and ensures all group members contribute
BUE Examples Using Classroom Performance System Students revise for examination Use CPS in revision class Questions multiple choice but related to exam questions Results count 5% to module mark Enjoyable and helps students identify weaknesses before the examination
BUE Examples Non issue of coursework brief until all lectures complete Essay titles issued randomly in week 12 Students have Christmas break to undertake the work Level 1 module- encourages full attendance to the lectures and keeps students engaged over break period
BUE Examples In class assessment with a break for group discussion Given a design brief, and 2 hours to sketch and explain their solution Then 30 minutes discussion in groups of 6 – 8 students Followed by 30 minutes reflection on what they would or would not change in the light of the discussion
BUE Examples Assessed question and answer session after presentations (40%) The students pay a lot of attention to each others presentations Helps to identify any errors in the presentations Has been tried successfully in classes of up to 50 students
BUE Examples Give students a great deal of choice of subject matter write about something which interests you in the field of…. They research more when interested And also learn about a lot of other subjects while trying to choose!
BUE Examples People from industry come in to help assess oral or poster presentations Students respond well, and put in extra effort Industrialists can be very good at pointing out the practicalities to students But they can be hopeless at marking!
When? Should be introduced in either level 1 or level 2 with relatively low weighting Not introduced at level 3 where marks count most Summative or formative but more engagement if summative CPS good for formative
Student Views Very varied! When students from one course were asked which assessment they had enjoyed most – almost every assessment was given as an answer, and very few students chose the same assessment
What do you learn through writing assignments? New material How to structure an argument Develop skills in interpretation Making contacts (at work for part time students) How to search for material for as legislation
What do you learn through writing assignments? Ive learnt more where there has been greater flexibility within the question Im more likely to remember the detail if Ive done the extra reading I learn more about a subject by looking from more than one angle
What do you learn through studying for exams? Extend knowledge of a subject Short term learning Not much Facts but less theory How to produce a short report quickly Thinking on ones feet Reinforces knowledge already learnt A crucial part of my learning experience Exams are necessary to move information into long term memory
Multiple Choice Exams Too restrictive There is a way of finding answers without learning much Very easy and dont need much revision Less able to assess knowledge and understanding If negative marking is included can be fair Useful for calculations
Ideal exam length Depends on proportion of marks from exam Varies from 2 hours to 5 hours Most either 2 or 3 hours Dont like more than one 3 hour exam in a day
Conclusion All innovations need to achieve some or all of the aims of assessment Students often prefer the traditional methods Diversity allows for students with all preferences to shine in some areas Standards still have to be maintained
The big issue? How do these approaches facilitate the provision of timely and useful feedback? All of them allow a quicker turn round time Do we move to assessment tools merely to address this issue? If NSS is used to determine league table position then probably yes.
The bigger picture What we want is successful students with enhanced experiences of JMU. We need to look at the whole student experience.
Student Success Pre-Entry, Induction, Transition Student Support, Retention & Achievement Learning, Teaching, Assessment Graduation, Employability, Global Citizenship We need to address all aspects of the student experience