Saturday, 14 June 2014

A JISC view: The changing face of assessment and feedback using TEL

#OCTEL - WEEK 4 Webinar

Another good webinar from the ocTEL MOOC, Week 4, with Lisa Gray from JISC. Much of what Lisa spoke about was also link to related resources, so I will aim to refer to several of these resources within this post, plus seek out some that weren't directly given. (After-all, it might help me with brevity...) As usual, the recording is available via YouTube, and the slides are also available via SlideShare.

A valuable JISC website, The Design Studio, is where a number of the resources referred to are housed. Additionally, Lisa referred to 'the full story' of this webinar being available via a program report, and a project site.

The table below provides a snippet of information from the webinar, as aligned to the JISC briefing papers.

Assessment / feedback:
Some tips from webinar
JISC briefing papers
Feedback and feed forward
'Assessment of' c/to 'assessment for'
Mix required to increase performance
Types of tools allow for:
·       students to act on feedback prior to developing next work
·       analyse and audit feedback
·       create conditions for staff:student dialogue
Promoting employability
(and peer review)
Major importance to students
Many assessments don’t develop employability
Some assessment criteria so well written - not realistic to briefs given in workplace (part of assessment could be to analyse the brief)
Peer review is a ‘success story’:
·      increase evaluation skills via self-assessment and peer review
·      need to understand connections between PR - application to the workplace
·      can be supported by tools, e.g.  PeerWise
Can provide benefits:
·       effective and efficient
·       convenient student access to upload assessments (to midnight; no printing); retrieve feedback
·       lots like bubble comments in  GradeMark
·      use feedback to help with next work.
Need balance in eMarking:
·       educators ready to use
·       students want as an entitlement
Next steps - EMA study (gather examples;  identify challenge; evidence of benefits; interim guidance; recommendations).
Technology aligned to assessment principles
Need to manage change to apply principles to practice
Before selecting technology/tool, establish:
·       vision for feedback
·       pedagogical change required.
Some changes to tech may take longer to start with; benefits later.

Many of the excellent models presented by Lisa, and the examples across a range of universities, can be found in the JISC report:

Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology: from tinkering to transformation
Final synthesis report for the Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme by Dr Gill Ferrell
October 2013

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