Exploring innovative assessment methods
Exploring innovative assessment methods

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Exploring innovative assessment methods

4 Summary of Week 4

Now you have completed Week 4 you will have built upon the idea you developed within Week 3 in relation to an innovative assessment. When implementing the innovative assessment you have created, you will have considered how that assessment will help the learner to demonstrate their knowledge as well as key skills and competencies required for further or higher education or employment.

As part of this week you also considered using the innovative assessment you have designed and ensuring that it meets the needs of the curriculum and subject area that you teach. This involved ensuring that the assessment was reliable, valid, authentic and holistic. You also explored how you might evaluate the usefulness of innovative assessment before implementation and after students have completed the assessment and you have obtained their feedback on its usefulness.

Course summary

Throughout this course you have been introduced to the idea of a competency-based curriculum versus a constructively aligned curriculum. You explored similarities and differences between the two different types of curriculum. You considered not only the acquisition of knowledge in assessments but also how skills a learner needs to demonstrate extend beyond the classroom and into the workplace and higher levels of education. You reviewed different examples of innovative assessments from different curriculum areas. You explored examples of best practice for innovative assessments and reflected on some of the barriers and enablers to innovative assessment. You considered pedagogical and technological design principles that could be applied to innovative assessment.

You then began to use some of the knowledge that you had gathered to plan for implementing an innovative assessment, looking at the concept of learning design and the use of storyboards. As you completed the course, you considered how you could take an innovative assessment that you had designed and ensure that it was aligned to the requirements of the curriculum and subject area where you are an educator. You finished by looking at how, after implementing the innovative assessment, you could evaluate its effectiveness from a variety of different sources.

We hope that you have enjoyed this process and what you have learned will enable you to start to implement or develop your own ideas on innovative assessment in your practice.

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