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Assessment in Higher Education Conference

University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle
9 July 2008 00:00

Aim of the conference

Research tells us very forcefully about the importance of assessment in Higher Education.  It shapes the experience of students and influences their behaviour more than anything else.  Despite this, university assessment practice lags well behind its equivalent in the school sector, relying largely on a limited range of tried (but not always tested) methods.  It is has proved surprisingly difficult to change, bound up as it is with traditions and concerns about standards and fairness. Recent reports have described important aspects of university assessment as ‘not fit for purpose’ but have held back from recommending radical change because of the difficulty of implementation across a diverse and autonomous sector.

This conference is an opportunity to debate concerns and increase understanding of assessment practice.  It will provide the opportunity to share innovations and research with a particular focus on the voice of the practitioner, working to improve assessment in their programmes and institutions.  It will look to the future as well as critique the past, exploring potential in new forms of assessment and e-assessment.  Overall, it will focus on the pragmatic and the possible; approaches which promote assessment for learning whilst meeting demands for quality assurance and standards.

The conference addresses the following themes:

  • Assessment design
  • Marking and moderation
  • Involving students in assessment
  • Feedback and student engagement
  • Assessment of professional learning
  • Computer-aided assessment

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Kay Sambell, Director of Assessment for Learning Enhancement in the Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Northumbria University.
  • Professor Sue Bloxham, Head of Centre for Development of Learning and Teaching at the University of Cumbria and co-author of Developing Assessment in Higher Education: a practical guide (Open University Press)

Who is it for?

The conference is aimed at all those working in higher education with an interest in the practice and research of assessment.  It will be of interest to lecturers, researchers, staff in learning support and those with the responsibility for the management and quality assurance of assessment.

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CDLT Centre Administrators
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01524 384232
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