eAssessment Scotland 2011

Statue of penguins in Dundee

On the 25th and 26th of August I attended the eAssessment Scotland conference in Dundee.  A sound-byte repeated several times during the conference was that we should “assess in the same way that students learn”.  This was partly taken to mean the inclusion of social media and electronic devices that the stereo-typical student immerses themselves in.  However there was a more concrete issue raised both by one of the posters (voted best at the conference) and in Donald Clark’s typically boisterous keynote: students (along with everyone else) are used to the benefits of word processors, which allow creating drafts, re-editing, copy and pasting to rearrange the structure etc.  Expecting students to go into an exam, take-up the seldom used pen and paper, and write essays from start to finish in one go, simply won’t get the best out of them.

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