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Wednesday's with WATTLE: Ann Rogerson

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University of Wollongong

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Building 17, Level 2, Teaching and Technology Hub

Wollongong, NSW 2522

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Please join us for the Wednesdays with Wattle workshop / seminar series – a relaxed informal way to discover what your colleagues are doing / planning / imagining in the teaching and learning space. Please bring your lunch and take the opportunity to discover some of the exciting innovations happening within UOW and beyond.

Ann Rogerson will be discussing her research entitled: ‘It is not just about the method of assessment: The importance of the question asked and the instructions given to ensure integrity’.

This presentation discusses the need for rigorous framing of assessment questions (whether written, online, presentation based or via examination) as being the critical foundation point to support academic integrity. While an examination (properly proctored) may ensure students are assessed on their own efforts, poorly designed examination questions can cause as many issues as poorly framed written assessment tasks. This may include encouraging students to memorise and regurgitate facts rather than apply knowledge to a contextual situation to demonstrate deeper learning. It also requires new questions to be written and designed rather than reusing materials from previous instances, or relying on questions from texts.

Effective questions allow students to demonstrate learning. They also ask students to demonstrate how a concept applies in a given disciplinary context regardless of whether it is a written assessment task, presentation or examination. Well-structured and framed questions also make unoriginal work easier to detect.

Proposing class or hall based examinations as the sole means of ensuring integrity is limiting creativity in designing authentic and meaningful assessments with framed questions that can deliver a more robust way of evaluating learning. This can involve constructive experimentation in assessment design including the elimination of examinations in some disciplines. Faculty, institutional and sector collaboration approaches on new and refined methods of structuring questions and assessment providing options which move beyond a reliance on examinations are presented.

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