Improving Assessment

Strategies for better learning

Assessment is vital to learning - from the students' perspective it can literally define the curriculum. In this workshop, leading researchers on assessment (Professor David Boud - UTS, Associate Professor Gordon Joughin, UQ and Associate Professor Sue Bennett, Wollongong) will discuss what assessment could be; how we can build better assessment; how we can overcome the barriers to better assessment; and how we can design assessment for a blended learning context. We recognise that sometimes improving assessment is difficult due to factors outside your control, so we'll have a particular focus on working around those constraints.

Improving assessment workshop

Monday, April 29th, 1-5pm

Wellington Road

Clayton, VIC

Banquet Rooms (East & Central), Campus Centre, Monash Clayton Campus



1.00pm – 1.15pm Registration

1.15pm - 1.30pm Introduction to the workshop

Professor Darrell Evans, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Monash

Dr Phill Dawson, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Monash

1.30pm – 2.00pm What is the potential for assessment?

Professor David Boud, University of Technology, Sydney

2.00pm – 2.30pm Introduction to assessment design

Associate Professor Gordon Joughin, University of Queensland

2.30pm – 3.30pm Barriers to assessment

Roundtable discussions facilitated by the project team from the Office for Learning and Teaching funded ‘Assessment Decisions’ project.

3.30pm – 4.00pm Afternoon tea

4.00pm – 5.00pm Practical strategies for improving assessment in a blended learning model

Associate Professor Sue Bennett, University of Wollongong

5.00pm Workshop Finish

5.00pm - 6.30pm Book Launch

Following the workshop, Professor Adam Shoemaker will be launching a new title on assessment:

Boud, D and Molloy, E (eds) (2013). Effective Feedback in Higher and Professional Education. Routledge. London.

Drinks and light snacks will be served. All welcome.

Assessment Decisions Project

University teachers have access to a variety of evidence and ideas to support good assessment design, yet these are not always translated into assessment practice ‘at the coalface’.

The Office for Learning and Teaching funded 'Assesment Decisions' project team will examine this gap between ideal assessment and actual assessment by exploring the contextual influences on assessment design in Australian universities and the decisions about assessment that university teachers regularly face.

If you’d like to provide feedback on the project, hear about project activities or receive advice on improving assessment design in practice, please contact us.