EDUC 7553 - Assessment & Evaluation
North Terrace Campus - Quadmester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 7553 Course Assessment & Evaluation Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Quadmester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description This course examines the purposes, paradigms and types of assessment and evaluation used in education.
The key roles of assessment in learning and teaching, including feedback are discussed. The role of evaluation and the analysis of assessment data to inform practice are explored.
Course Coordinator: Dr Igusti Darmawan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate critical insight into the principles, paradigms and purposes of assessment and evaluation. 2 Utilise the various forms of assessment in learning contexts, and evaluate the appropriateness of rubrics, standards, benchmarks and cut-off scores. 3 Demonstrate understanding of assessment designs that promote learning, engage learners and provide credible evidence of effectiveness.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Thorndike, R.M. and Thorndike-Christ, T. (2010) Measurement and Evaluation in Psychology and Education (8th edition), Boston: Pearson
Occasionally, the instructor may assign readings of journal articles and selected chapters from assessment textbooks, which will be made available online via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
A balance between ‘student centred’ and ‘teacher centred’ approaches to learning with emphasis on fostering an engaging learning pedagogy will be used in this course. Lectures will be supported by discussions and problem-solving practicals which will require active participation from students.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Contact time : 48 hours
Non-contact time : 100 hours (readings, home works, and assignments)
Learning Activities Summary
Topic 1 Introduction
Assessments and Requirements
Assessing your assessment: your personal and professional approach to assessment
Topic 2 · Introduction to Curriculum: The platform for assessment and evaluation Topic 3 · Introduction to Educational Assessment
· Principles and Purposes of assessment
· Taxonomies of Objectives: Bloom Taxonomy
· SOLO Taxonomy
Topic 4 · Classroom Assessment Topic 5 · Local Examination System: SACE
· National Curriculum: ACARA
Topic 6 · Testing for improvements in learning in contemporary times
· Classical Test Theory, Reliability and Validity
Topic 7 · Purpose, Design, and Use of Cross National Assessment
· Specific Challenges of Cross National assessment
Topic 8 · NAPLAN
· Wellbeing: Kid Matters
Topic 9 · CITAS
Topic 10 · LERTAP
Topic 11 Introduction to Evaluation in Education
Evaluation Plans, Templates, and Research Design
Topic 12 Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Summary1. Choose a mode or type of assessment, research its use and present your findings to the class (15%). (Learning Outcome 1)
2. Design a series of three assessment tasks appropriate to the teaching contexts within which you will be working. There should be one bank of 10 selected response questions, three constructed response tasks, one reflective task and one authentic assessment (55%), all complete with appropriate feedback. (Learning Outcome 3)
3. You will analyse the results of an assessment using classical item analysis (15%) (Learning Outcomes 2 and 3)
4. You will devise an evaluation of a course in terms of its stated learning outcomes (15%) (Learning Outcome 1)
Assessment 1: 5 mins Presentation and Practical Portfolio
During the first meeting, you will be required to present briefly, in 5 minutes, your personal and professional approach to assessment. In addition, during this 8-week intensive you will also be required to respond to a set of tasks and utilise discussion board for sharing and critiquing assessment ideas as well as to reflect on what you have done for the day.
Assignment 2: Group Presentation
In collaborative groups you will be required to learn how to use a particular software package for analysing test results based on CTT; to teach your peers how to use the software; and to design an assessment task to gauge your peers’ ability to use and apply it in their own context.
Assignment 3: Individual Report
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of assessment and evaluation in terms of the course outcomes. You are to design an assessment task for yourself that addresses all course outcomes, including the definition of your role, your audience, the format you will use to present the task and a description of the task.
- Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
- All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission.
- All group assignments must be attached to a Group Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.
- Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism (refer to policy on plagiarism above).
- Requests for extensions will be considered only if they are made three days before the due date for which the extension is being sought. Students must apply to the lecturer concerned on the ‘Application for Extension’ form at the back of the Academic Program Handbook
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
- Academic Support with Maths
- Academic Support with writing and speaking skills
- Student Life Counselling Support - Personal counselling for issues affecting study
- International Student Support
- AUU Student Care - Advocacy, confidential counselling, welfare support and advice
- Students with a Disability - Alternative academic arrangements
- Reasonable Adjustments to Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.
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