Exploring innovative assessment methods
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Exploring innovative assessment methods

2 The barriers and enablers to innovative assessment

Activities 1 and 2 asked you to consider examples of best practice. You also thought about what you would need to do if you were to use a mobile device to enact assessment based on what you had learned..

Completing Activities 1 and 2 would have also helped you to identify what can enable innovative assessment and act as barriers to its success. Some of the barriers to success are also some of the enablers. For example, a barrier to using mobile devices for assessment may be that a learner can’t download an app on their device because it’s not compatible, whereas another learner in the same class is enabled as they can download the app.

Activity 3 Barriers and enablers to assessment

Timing: Allow approximately 10 minutes

Below is a list of factors that can enable and prevent innovative assessment; the list is not exhaustive. Identify the factors which prevent a learner submitting an innovative assessment using mobile technology in this list – and any others you can think of – and then think about how you can plan to overcome those challenges. Use your mobile device to record your thoughts in text or voice:

  • Learners are not permitted to use mobile devices in class.
  • Learners have no experience of using mobile devices in class or for assessment.
  • The capability or functionality of the device prevents the learner from creating the desired assessment output.
  • The learner can access the school/college/university systems to upload content for an assignment/assessment.
  • The learner can access the school/college/university systems to download content for learning.
  • The learner doesn’t own a mobile device.
  • The screen size is too small to be able to use the device for any meaningful assessment purpose.
  • There are ethical or child protection or GDPR issues in relation to submitting evidence for assessment.
  • There is nowhere for the learner to charge the device if it runs out of battery power.

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