Leading departments on the pathway to effective assessment practice - a case study of collegial approach

Robyn Beirman, Subra Vemulpad

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Abstract

It is well known that most of learning in educational institutions is assessment driven. The Department of Health & Chiropractic is faced with assessment issues different to a majority of other Departments within the university. We have taken the opportunity offered by the Leadership and assessment; Strengthening the Nexus Project to initiate a bottom-up approach to assessment across various subjects within this Department. Participatory Action Research (PAR) offers an excellent avenue for a collegial approach to this issue. The objectives of this sub-project are to: i)Increase awareness of scholarship in teaching and learning with particular reference to assessment amongst the academics of the Department; ii) Initiate and facilitate the practice of reflective assessment, and iii) Develop ‘best practice’ assessment strategies within the department of health & chiropractic. The features that are distinctive to this department are the need to facilitate learning in the psychomotor as well as cognitive domains. Assessing psychomotor skills generally requires a criterion-referenced approach. However, the Department is placed within the paradigm of a norm-referenced University system. This creates a number of challenges. These challenges and the implications of these to the teaching and learning practice within the Department will be discussed. The collegial nature of the PAR methodology will result in the creation of leaders within the Department who will spearhead the changes at the Department level that will then ideally effect changes at both the Divisional and University levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages67-68
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventInternational Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference - Sydney
Duration: 2 Jul 20075 Jul 2007

Conference

ConferenceInternational Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference
CitySydney
Period2/07/075/07/07

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    Beirman, R., & Vemulpad, S. (2007). Leading departments on the pathway to effective assessment practice - a case study of collegial approach. 67-68. Abstract from International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Sydney, .