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Wednesday, May 15 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Opening Plenary Session | Invited Keynote Address | Student Assessment: Fit for the World in Which We Now Operate?

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As we develop our courses to meet the new demands facing graduates in the 21st century, we often meet a constraint imposed by assumptions about assessment—what it should do and how it should be conducted—left over from an earlier era. Being assessed has a powerful influence on students. While it can be a positive experience, too often it is negative; students study in unproductive ways and do not focus on the outcomes that may be most important. This presentation starts with this challenge and explores ways in which assessment interacts with learning. It will discuss how we can think differently and more productively about the role of assessment in our courses. It locates consideration of assessment practices within the global agenda emphasizing standards and criteria in higher education and their representation in learning outcomes. A particular focus will be on avoiding de-skilling students through an excessive focus on making unilateral judgements of them, and on ensuring we invest our own assessment time productively.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Harbour Centre, Fletcher Challenge Theatre