Forum-Funded report on the Use of Technology in Assessment Published Today by Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new report, on the use of technology for assessment by academic staff in higher education, was launched today (Wednesday 10 October) by the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD. The report was written by Trinity researchers, Dr Ann Devitt and Dr Mairead Brady, and was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, to provide insight and transparency into this critical issue in education …” (more)

[National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 10 October]

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Government Launches Trinity Report on Technology in Assessment

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today launched a Trinity report on use of technology for assessment by academic staff. Carried out by Trinity researchers Dr Ann Devitt and Dr Mairead Brady, the report was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 10 October]

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From Video Games to Pretend Pharmacies, Lecturers are Finding New Ways of Assessing Students

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Prof Virpi Timonen says it was last year when she realised that giving her students exams was a fruitless exercise. ‘As I went through yet another season of students sweating in overcrowded rooms and finding the whole experience traumatic and trying to decipher handwriting, the absurdity of the system of assessing people through exams was really brought home to me …'” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 16 January]

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The changing face of how we assess our students

Posted in Teaching on May 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This milestone month, which sees the start of classroom assessment and the launch of a centre for excellence in the area, gives a glimpse of the future, writes our education correspondent …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 May]

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Will the Teaching Excellence Framework be sexist?

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“The Tef plans to use student evaluation as a key metric in measuring teaching quality. But studies show students are biased towards male lecturers …” (more)

[Jules Holroyd and Jennifer Saul, Guardian, 4 April]

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€3.5m deal brings 40 jobs and first centre for research on student assessment

Posted in Research, Teaching on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A US company that specialises in exams is expanding its Irish operation as well as providing funding for research into new and better ways of assessing Irish students, in a €3.5m deal …” (more)

[Independent, 2 April]

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Programme 204, Michael O’Leary on Assessment

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I spoke to Dr Michael O’Leary, from St Patrick’s College, about assessment …” (more, audio)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 11 February]

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Junior cycle assessment

Posted in Teaching on January 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The involvement of teachers in assessing their own students for national certification will change the nature of the student-teacher relationship …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Junior Cycle assessment

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Raymond Lynch wants teachers to accept the responsibility for assessing students’ work (January 22nd). They do, but not for purposes of external certification …” (more)

[John White, Irish Times, 24 January]

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How do teachers in other countries assess students?

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teacher unions return to talks next Thursday in a bid to avert further strike action over the reform of the junior cycle. Opposition has zoned in on the issue of school-based assessment …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Junior cycle assessment

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Having spent more than three decades teaching and assessing undergraduate and postgraduate education students in various higher education institutions, nationally and internationally …” (more)

[Ciaran Sugrue, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Teachers and the Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Brian Morris (December 6th) writes that he has just spent three weeks assessing essays, debates and written tests undertaken by his students. He further states that he is utterly impartial in his marking and in all other dealings with his students, and I have no doubt that this is true …” (more)

[Louis O’Flaherty, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Black Boxes, Assessment and the Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on November 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“In mathematical modelling, we talk about ‘black boxes’. Systems are modelled in such a way that we ignore the internal structure of the system and concern ourselves only with the inputs to the system and how those inputs relate to the outputs. Much of what we do in trying to assess quality in education, especially third level education, could be described as a black box approach …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 November]

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The Curse of Assessment-led Teaching

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Yesterday I took part in a University Teaching and Learning Strategy meeting that discussed, among other things, how to improve the feedback on student assessments in order to help them learn better …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 October]


Academic Assessment, Sports Statistics and Other Feedback

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2014 by steve

“… I was left pondering the gap between the statistical analysis on academic performance and those of sporting performance. While academic assessment practices are improving, they could benefit from a look at the sporting world …” (more)

[HT: Declan Jordan]
[John Considine, The Economics of Sport, 31 May]

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Assessment in open spaces

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Learning and pedagogical relationships are transformed when we engage with students in open online spaces or networked publics. These can become ‘third spaces’ of learning, beyond the binary of informal and formal learning …” (more)

[catherinecronin, 2 September]

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Exams do not measure a person’s potential

Posted in Teaching on August 16th, 2013 by steve

“Exams such as the Leaving Cert should never be seen by anybody (especially the student) as a reflection of their potential. They are often merely a rough snapshot reflection on the day of the exam of a student’s accumulation of information …” (more)

[Independent, 16 August]

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Online Education

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2012 by steve

“One of the big problems with online modules is the examining. How do we avoid cheating if students take exams online? This problem is still unsolved …” (more)

[The World According to Gar, 29 October]

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How do you stop online students cheating?

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2012 by steve

“Imagine taking a university exam in your own home, under the watchful eye of a webcam or with software profiling your keystrokes or your syntax to see whether it really is you answering the questions …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 29 October]

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Sociology Turns Up Assessment

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2009 by steve

USA“The question of how to measure learning – and if it can or should be measured at all – continues to stir debate. But despite skeptics’ grumblings, sociology departments are increasingly using assessment methods to evaluate students’ experiences, according to a new study by the American Sociological Association. The survey, administered in 2008, drew responses from 549 departments or programs that offer a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Over all, the number of departments that perform some types of assessment of student learning rose by about 10 percent between 2001, the last year the study was conducted, and 2007. Most sociology departments continued to use student surveys, senior theses or projects, and exit interviews, in that order, according to the report …” (more)

[Stephanie Lee, Inside Higher Ed, 2 July]

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