Assessment time is nearly upon us…. 🙂
I’m involved in two types :
- Formative (ongoing, ungraded, discursive assessment and feedback).
- Summative (at the end of each unit, graded, written feedback).
My formative assessment takes the form of :
- Reviewing and commenting on student class work
- Replying to students homework blog posts
- Class discussion and peer assessment
I take a discursive approach to this assessment / feedback. It’s really about :
- Giving a framework for reflective practice. Prompting them to ask questions about their work.
- Encouraging students to engage with the concerns of fellow practitioners, their industry and involve themselves in communities of practice and the wider context of the discipline.
My summative assessment responsibilities on AFMC incorporate these concerns with the additional issues :
- Providing graded feedback for students based of how effectively they have met the Assessment Criteria (stemming from the intended learning outcomes) of the unit.
- Achieving parity and consistency through internal verification (10% of papers are IV’d) and external moderation.
The main obstacle to this process seems to be the difficulty students have understanding the exact specifics of what they must hand in. I try to make this process as straight forward as possible :
- Providing checklists of tasks to complete and elements to hand in.
- Referencing the criteria as we cover them in the classes.
- Assigning homework tasks (to be uploaded to student blogs) that cover terminology and technical criteria that might be difficult to demonstrate in the end of unit submission.
- E mail support throughout the submission process to answer questions students may have.