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Lucubrate Magazine, February 20th, 2023

The conversation about ChatGPT has led to some welcome reflections about student assessment – an integral part of the learning process.

I am not convinced that single, high-stake exams or the setting of the same narrowly focused essay topics semester after semester constructively and comprehensively measure genuine learning and support student development.

Assess Students ‘Deep’ Learning

There are better ways to determine if students have demonstrated ‘deep’ learning. Some disciplines have already embraced these ways while others are sadly lagging.

Assessment types should encourage active learning, problem-solving, analytic thought and also allow students to use their initiative and demonstrate imagination. They should validate students’ sound knowledge and understanding of a topic or area of learning and confirm that the work they present is their own.

Ask students to:

  • create a Model/Artwork
  • produce a YouTube video
  • design a Webpage
  • conduct an interview to gather data and/or perceptions about a topic
  • engage in a Viva voce or oral exam
  • participate in Role Play
  • construct a novel poster.

Have them keep an evidence-based portfolio in which they detail how they have developed requisite knowledge, skills and understandings and achieved the learning outcomes; record their thoughts and insights about their learning experience and provide a self-evaluation of their performance.

Support Learning and Help Students to Advance.

The instructor’s role is to provide a valuable, relevant learning environment in which students are fully engaged in their learning. Whatever the method of assessment used, it should support that learning and help students to advance.

Lucubrate Magazine February 2023

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Nita Temmerman
Professor Nita Temmerman

Nita Temmerman (PhD; MEd (Hons); BEd; BMus; ATCL; MACE) has held senior University positions in Australia including Pro Vice Chancellor Academic Quality, Pro Vice Chancellor International Partnerships and Executive Dean. She is an independent higher education consultant and invited professor to universities in Australia, the Pacific region, SE Asia and the Middle East and Academic Board Chair for private higher education institutions. Nita is also an invited accreditation specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), and international associate with the Center for Learning Innovations & Customized Knowledge Solutions (Dubai). Projects draw on expertise in organisational strategic planning, quality assurance, academic accreditation and reaccreditation, higher education policy development and review, teacher education and curriculum design and evaluation. Nita has published 14 books, over 70 scholarly papers, conducted numerous presentations in SE Asia, Middle East, Pacific, UK and USA and remains an active contributor to several education publications.

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