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Programme Assessment Strategies

Assessment Strategies: The way forward
24/25 July 2012

The PASS project hosted its end-of-project event from lunchtime Tuesday 24 July 2012 to lunchtime Wednesday 25 July 2012 at the Norcroft Conference Centre, University of Bradford.

The PASS team presented project outcomes and evidence which supports the contention that programme-focused assessment can alleviate or resolve many of the issues (pdf) associated with conventional assessment and feedback practices across HE. Staff involved in the various PASS Case Studies summarised their work and the outcomes and impact. The event had an explicit 'forward-looking' theme by inviting other projects and initiatives to discuss and debate common issues and to further disseminate/publicise important developments.


Tuesday 24 July 2012

1.00 pm Registration and refreshments.

2.00 pm Welcome by Shirley Congdon, PVC Learning & Teaching, University of Bradford.

2.15 pm Introduction to the event and the PASS project/workshop - Prof Peter Hartley

3.00 pm PASS case studies part 1:

  1. Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter - CS.1 (extended) & CS.8 (short);
  2. Exeter College (Flybe), University of Exeter - CS.3 (short), CS.4 (extended) & CS.13 (extended);
  3. Northumbria Design - CS.9 (extended);
  4. Coventry Business School, Coventry University - CS.6 (short).

3.30 pm Break

4.00 pm PASS case studies part 2:

  1. School of Information Systems, Computing & Mathematics & School of Health Sciences and Scoial Care, Brunel University - CS.2 (short), CS.5 (short) & CS.11 (extended);
  2. School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford - CS.7 (short);
  3. Big Dilemmas Project - University of Exeter - CS.12 (extended);
  4. PASS Emerging Issues - Discussion around the importance of institutional support, staff mindsets re curriculum structures, the importance of the course team (staff development strategy?), simplifying feedback to students.

4.30 pm Paper sessions featuring invited projects:

  1. TESTA: Three years on and going strong (pdf)
    Yassein El-Hakim, Director of Learning & Teaching, The University of Winchester.
    The TESTA research project has, over three years, grown the application of an evidence-based process for programme-based enhancements to assessment and feedback. The essence of the methodology has revolved around three methods of data collection in presenting coherent, related and interesting case profiles for each programme back to the programme team. In disseminating the methodology widely and training others to carry out the process, the TESTA leaders were able to disseminate a process that has resulted in some significant changes within degree programmes in over 20 institutions worldwide and growing. The findings are to be discussed in relation to other theoretical perspectives, briefly.
  2. Learning about Masters Level Assessment: The Assimilate NTFS project (pdf)
    Sally Brown, Emeritus Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University.
    The Assimilate team have been exploring innovative assessment at Masters level. Recognising that limited prior research had been undertaken in this area, the project was designed to review the range of assessment methods used to assess at this level, particularly exploring authentic assessment.
  3. Making Assessment Count (MAC), Current Progress and Future Plans (pdf)
    Gunter Saunders, Director, Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Westminster.
    In this presentation the principles of the Making Assessment Count (MAC) framework and the role of e-Reflect in MAC will be outlined. In addition the ways in which different universities have adapted the MAC framework to suit their context will be explored. Upcoming changes and enhancements to the e-Reflect system will also be described and explained.
  4. Assessing Student Learning Outcomes Across a Curriculum for Individual Student Development and Integrated Programme-Focused Assessment (pdf)
    Marcia Mentkowski, Alverno College.
    This presentation provides an overview of the Alverno approach, gives an example of mid-programme assessment and offers main insights from the Student Learning Initiative.

5.30 pm Close

Evening meal at the Great Victoria Hotel.

Wednesday 25 July 2012

9.00 am Poster session featuring invited projects:

  1. Assessing Students at Masters Level Internationally (ASSIMILATE).
  2. The Big Dilemmas Project, University of Exeter.
  3. COLLABORATE: working with employers and students to design assessment enhanced by the use of digital technologies.
  4. JISC Assessment & Feedback Programme.
  5. Making Assessment Count (MAC).
  6. QTI Delivery Integration (QTIDI/Uniqurate).
  7. Rethinking Final Year Projects and Dissertations: Creative Honours and Capstone Projects.

9.45 am Assessment Dilemmas (pdf) – Q&A session where delegates submitted their "assessment dilemma" and used a "world cafe" style group session to explore how a programme focused approach might assist.

11.00 am Break

11.30 am Action planning (pdf) – where do we go from here?

1.00 pm Close & Lunch

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