Assessment options in co-curricular modules

Over the past few years the King’s Experience (KE) Awards have offered participating students with various submission options for their award submissions. These options include: blog or website, essay, portfolio, poster, project report/essay or video.

The assessment options that are available has created opportunities for students to use different technology tools/media to demonstrate and show their learning experiences in a more innovating and reflective way.

The KE Awards encourage the students to submit artefacts that demonstrated their learning through the use of reflective cycles like Gibbs (1988) and Kolb (1984). Reflections on their learning experiences has been used by the award students to create blogs, videos, portfolios and other engaging submissions that can all be included as their submission for the King’s Experience award. Continue reading

An update on the King’s Assessment and Feedback project

As the College-wide Assessment and Feedback pilot project moves into its second Session, the team is engaged in several streams of activity:

  • Taking the opportunity to review the work done in the last Session, with 8 programmes of study across 5 Schools and Institutes, and planning a second phase of development and collaboration with programme teams.
  • Engaging with additional programmes, taking the total number of programmes to 13, with a total of 3922 of enrolled students across 7 Faculties, Institutes and Schools.
  • Working with programme leaders on producing a graphical assessment landscape, describing the relationship between assessment and feedback activities.
  • Creating graphical distributions of assessment types across a programme, to illustrate and explore the rationale behind its design.
  • Building a bank of case studies, which demonstrate the innovative and effective assessment and feedback activity currently in place across King’s. Throughout, these refer to recommended practices arising from empirical work on the topic.
  • Building a practical toolkit for staff and students at King’s, including guides to assessment for the busy academic and student, templates for mapping assessment relationships across academic programmes and practical tips for enhancing assessment and feedback design.

I have been with the project for two months, and remain indebted to the generosity of my predecessor, Dr. Julie Moote, in dealing with my footling questions as they arise. I have also been delighted by the spirit of collaboration and engagement of busy colleagues around the institution, as we pursue this shared endeavour. I look forward to pursuing the next stage of this work, and providing some tangible benefits to partner programmes, as well as to the wider King’s community.

Bryan Taylor
Research Assistant
College-Wide Assessment and Feedback Project
Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning