Designing Assessment:. How much is enough?. Assessment practice is surrounded by uncertainty (Allen 1998). Academics design tasks, award grades and provide feedback that, They feel comfortable with, They believe the student will feel is fair, Can with stand robust scrutiny by colleagues.
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How much is enough?
Academics design tasks, award grades and provide feedback that,
They make decisions that lead to preferred and expected outcomes using their experience to predict the best and worst outcomes!
(adapted from Carroll 2004)
is knowing what you know and don’t know and how you learn and how to go about finding out what you don’t know.
is awareness of your own approach to learning and the current status of your learning.
Informs & Shapes Learning
Dictates students’ learning activities
Defines students to themselves as learners
Impacts on, should consider, and be influenced by the four other dimensions.
Assessment designs have 3 functions:
Clear learning goals
Tasks that align with them
Identify a Unit you will teach next session.
What capabilities do you assume students will bring to the Unit?
How will you confirm this?
What will signal the learning priorities and approaches to students?
Assessment design should alter in terms of complexity across the years.
Often units are taught and assessed in isolation
which increases the burden on each unit to ‘cover’ and ‘assess’.
Assessment designs need to:
Programmatic approaches to assessment assist students to:
What are the concurrent and previous units that can contribute to student performance in this unit?
What would be the essential learning that this unit contribute to a programmatic approach?
The essence of a university education is higher order thinking.
Higher Order thinking
Perry’ Ethico Moral Reasoning in College Students
Consider a good performance by a student in your unit.
Students have diverse needs across their course of study.
It is important to anticipate challenges for students
It is important that academics don’t take on issues as their sole responsibility.
What flexibility is in your unit to accommodate unpredictable circumstances &needs?
What resources can academics call upon at UWA?
The most valuable assets students can graduate with are:
What processes will assessment in this unit assist students to gain an accurate awareness of their own emerging capabilities?
What tasks can provide students with validated evidence of achievement and capability?
Authentic Tasks: Assessment as Learning