There are strong drivers for seeking to make this move to digital, for example process improvement for reduced duplication and efficiency savings; enabling flexibility of provision and environmental considerations. Most important however is student demand for the electronic management of assessment (EMA) and the evidence that EMA can help improve the student experience through the provision of better quality feedback that is more consistent and timely. There is also growing interest in the role that assessment data can play in providing a much richer, longitudinal view of learner progression to both staff and students.
However, a landscape study undertaken on behalf of a number of sector bodies and published last year (reference to authors own work) identified that institutions still face many challenges in achieving a seamless digital assessment experience for students and staff. Discussion of those findings at ALT-C 2014 launched a collaborative process of prioritising the challenges and using ‘co-design’ and ‘service design’ approaches to solution finding where stakeholders were collaborators and co-developers at all stages of the project, from setting the agenda to shaping the solutions.
Through a range of face-to-face and online events and dialogue, using a range of participative approaches, a community of practitioners undertook to address the challenges that the sector identified as the most pressing in terms of impact on the key stakeholders. These challenges included providing seamless technical support for supporting common marking and feedback practices, developing a longitudinal view of learning and improving student engagement with feedback, developing and managing robust online submission processes and sharing good practice across all areas of assessment and feedback practice.
This workshop will provide an opportunity to share the range of participative approaches used to move from challenges to solutions; inform participants of the outcomes of the work to date; and further actively engage the community with the final outcomes of this work.
The timings for the session will be as follows:
- Overview presentation (20 mins) to include an overview of the project, participatory approaches and final outputs.
- Opportunity for participants to spend time engaging with and feeding back on two of the three final solution ideas (2 x 15 mins, total of 30 mins)
- Closing plenary and final feedback (10 mins)
Participants will benefit through:
- Enhanced understanding of the current state of play with regards to the electronic management of assessment and engagement with new tools to support their practice
- Sharing issues, barriers and enablers in assessment and feedback with participants
- Appreciation of participatory approaches and their value in driving innovation work of this kind
XXXX (2014) Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA): a landscape review. Available at: XXXX
Newland, B., Martin, L., Bird, A. & Masika, R. (2013) HELF – Electronic Management of Assessment Survey Report 2013. Available at: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8aF5QN3s_UDUHhyaGFPZWVDZDg/edit