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CAA keynote talk
Ask not what CAA can do for your career, but what you can do for assessment.
Ask not what is technologically glamourous, but what is useful to assessment.
Date/time: Tuesday 10 July 2012. Session: 10:25am
(my own slot: 10:30 - 11:30am).
2012 International Computer Assisted
Assessment (CAA) Conference
Harbour Hotel, Southampton SO15 1AG
How to get there:
School of Psychology,
University of Glasgow.
Related talks by me:
This talk argues overall that to make an impact in and with CAA, we should
decide exactly what our aims are, and proceed with a focussed requirements
gathering. Most assessment is done on the basis of traditions, familiar
practices: this is not an adequate basis for eliciting detailed requirements.
The talk will visit, and attempt to support, a number of different suggestions
relating to this overall message:
- Is feedback important for learning after all?
(Many indications suggest maybe not.)
- We are addressing assessment, NOT feedback. This is not done to help
learners learn, but to help employers do personnel selection.
Is our CAA based on a task analysis of employers' decision making?
- The field of e-Assessment is actually a meeting place for numerous
subfields. These each, at bottom, have quite different aims. If we want
rational design and coherent action we must decide on which aim we will base our
actions, or rather values and goals.
- Nevertheless, summative assessment is of some use to learners: that is
why so many of them ignore written comments and only look at the mark. But we
could, and should, support that better by giving reference scales that support
students' use of them.
- We need to do learner-centered needs analysis: e.g providing
"2-dim feedback", supporting each goal students use feedback for (not just
the infinite self-improvement which is the only goal academics imagine for
- We need to do teacher-centered needs analysis i.e. task analysis,
following the example of Beryl Plimmer. When I look at what I am actually,
concretely, doing when I mark a pile of work, I am writing for many (about four)
different audiences. Where does it say that?
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