Exploring innovative assessment methods
Exploring innovative assessment methods

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Exploring innovative assessment methods

1 Creative swiping

‘Creative swiping’ is a term coined by management expert Tom Peters (1989, p. 228) and refers to the notion that, in management, a professional could borrow an idea from someone else and adapt it for their own use. In the following two activities you will be encouraged to creatively swipe ideas and thus adapt them for your own professional environment.

Activity 1 Swiping best practice

Timing: Allow approximately 30 minutes

For this activity you will be reviewing some examples of best practice.

Please access Innovating Pedagogy 2014: Open University Innovation Report 3 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   (Sharples, et al, 2014). (Open the report in a new tab or window by holding down Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) when you click on the link.)

When you have accessed the report choose two of the following case studies to review:

  • Bring your own devices: Learners use their personal tools to enhance learning in the classroom
  • Dynamic assessment: Giving the learner personalised assessment to support learning
  • Bricolage: Creative tinkering with resources.

Once you have chosen two case studies make some notes on the following areas. You should make your notes using a mobile device and an appropriate app such as Notes or Word. The answers you provide here will be needed when addressing Activity 4 later this week.

  1. Based on the two case studies you have read what ideas could you borrow and apply in your own professional setting where assessment is concerned?
  2. If you were to try and adapt these examples of best practice to enable assessment using mobile devices, what would you need to do?

Activity 2 Adapting for mobile

Timing: Allow approximately 30 minutes

Many of the examples in this activity do not involve the use of mobile devices. However, you should consider how mobile devices can be used to adapt the ideas for your own use.

Please access Innovating Pedagogy 2019: Open University Innovation Report 7 (Ferguson et al, 2019). (Open the report in a new tab or window by holding down Ctrl (or Cmd on a Mac) when you click on the link.)

When you have accessed the report choose two of the following case studies to review:

  • Action learning
  • Place-based learning
  • Learning through wonder

After you have chosen two case studies to review please answer the following questions. Use your mobile device to record your verbal answers to these questions. You may find apps such as Voice Memo or Voice Recorder and Audio Editor useful. Alternatively you might want to use the talk to text function.

  1. Based on the two case studies you have read what ideas could you borrow and apply in your own professional setting where assessment is concerned?
  2. What would you need to do to make the above assessment idea a reality for your learners?
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