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Impact on Learning - Designing Assessment

Lawson, R. (2014) Impact on Learning - Designing Assessment. In: OLT Conference 2014, 10-11 June 2014, Darling Harbour, NSW


Internationally there is pressure for significant change in measuring quality in teaching and learning processes (Krause, Barrie & Scott, 2012). Therefore institutions need to design curriculum that make student outcomes explicit, that provide opportunities for students’ to develop these outcomes as they progress throughout the degree and that incorporate assessment s t o foster these outcomes all whilst allowing for quality assurance and enhancement . It is well acknowledged that assessment methods have a greater influence on how and what students learn than any other single factor and so it is crucial that they are developed to foster learning of desired outcomes rather than to purely grade student achievement. This presentation will explore how assessment can be designed to complete a circle of quality assurance. That is, assessment is utilised as a "research instrument" by which the educator learns what their students are NOT learning, which then drives change . It will introduce two practical perspectives, individual assessment task design and whole of curriculum design both focus ing on assessments that not only assure learning but al so encourage development of student learning outcomes.

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