Friday 3rd April 2015 – Dr Richard Glassey

Dr Richard Glassey – KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Meaningful Assessment at Scale

Abstract
Assessing students is a perennial problem. There is a desire to provide meaningful and realistic assessments that inspire and motivate students. However, this comes at a cost in terms of effort, especially when classes grow in size. Eventually, I believe there is a mental switch from “how can I make this assessment meaningful (for students)”, to, “how can I make this assessment manageable (for me)”.

With large classes, I have resorted to the Quiz module of Moodle, which kindly marks itself and distributes the feedback to students, but then falling back to the divide and conquer strategy of ‘group work’ to tackle more meaningful assessment, consoling myself that it will, ‘benefit their future working life’. This situation motivated the search for a method that combined the convenience of technology with depth of assessment, and was guided by three key questions:

1) How can we assess at scale and ensure assessment remains meaningful?
2) How can we reduce effort for academics, but improve the assessment experience for students?
3) How can technology be mutually beneficial for academics and students?

This talk will discuss these questions and report the experiences gathered over a three year period of running a novel form of peer assessment: the Moodle Workshop. I will also provide a practical guide to using the Workshop module within Moodle. Despite its initial complexity, once mastered it becomes a fascinating component to include within a course, whether as part of continuous assessment, or applied to a final submission of work. Finally, I discuss how I learned to stop worrying, and love the Moodle.

Bio
Dr. Glassey is currently a lecturer at KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He was formerly a lecturer at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland (2012-2015). He remains an avid cyclist irrespective of location or weather conditions.

School of Computing Science & Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, Riverside East, Garthdee, Aberdeen, Conference Room N118, 14:00 – 15:00.

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