Education Conference – Talking Points

Following on from our last post about the recent Education Conference, we would like to share some of the points of interest generated by our presentations. The footage below was taken from the morning session entitled, ‘The Collaborate Project: Exploring Assessment as a Vehicle for Embedding Employability’. It is a short clip of the discussion that took place after the group experimented with using the Dimensions Model to ‘map out’ an assessment. Some group members used their own module and others used example modules provided.

“It is quite useful in encouraging academics to think about their assessment and also to talk about it with other people” 

During this session, it was noted that the model was a good way of approaching an assessment by initiating conversation. The group agreed that the marks placed onto the model’s ‘scale’ were less important than the conversation needed to decide upon that mark. The task of plotting a module’s assessment against the model simply provided the framework needed to think about each aspect of the assessment.

“We talked about it in regards to a module, which has four assessment points. You could actually do the same thing for a whole year of study, or even for a whole programme” 

It was suggested that the model could be used in a wider context, not just to hone in on one particular module but to visualise the work-integrated aspects of an entire subject area. The point was made that it may not be appropriate or possible to cover all six areas of a work-integrated assessment over the course of one module. Perhaps students could experience all of these six aspects but over the course of a year.

“I think it also provides students with vocabulary to be able to sell themselves”

What is the best way of providing students with the vocabulary to articulate their skills? This was another point of discussion that emerged within this session. The point was raised that the model may assist with the problem of articulation, how to translate what was experienced, what was learnt at university into something an employer might be interested in. It is possible that the model could provide a framework for students to talk about an assessment in an interview situation.

If you would like to know more about what was talked about at the conference, click here to access Collaborate’s three presentations.


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