EDEN Seminar (1): "Collaborative Learning, Assessment and Feedback"


Centre for Engineering and Design Education

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A workshop for Engineering and Design Educators was held on 19th September 2011 by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education at Loughborough University as part of the Centre’s EDEN (Engineering and Design Educators Network) seminar series and funded by the HE Academy. Focusing on learning and teaching issues from an engineering and design perspective, EDEN is intended to provide practitioners with the opportunity to share and develop good practice.

The seminar speaker, Dr Keith Willey Ph.D. B.E (a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney), discussed the use of scratch cards to aid assessment and feedback.

You may have heard the old saying “what gets assessed is what gets learned”. If assessment is our chief motivator in determining what and how students learn it is a wasted opportunity if we only use it to indicate what students have learnt. Our assessment tasks should be specifically designed to motivate learning, not just assess that learning has occurred. Furthermore it could be argued that mistakes compress learning, hence we should provide opportunities for students to make mistakes, receive feedback, reflect and be tested again in various contexts. Students also need to be involved in the assessment process to develop the critical evaluation skills and judgment. With careful design, collaborative learning oriented assessment and feedback not only has the capacity to improve learning outcomes, change students’ culture and reduce academic workload but mimics professional learning which is often simultaneously both individual and collective.

For further information about EDEN, please contact Dr Sarah Bamforth.

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Last Updated: 23rd September, 2014

EDEN Seminar (1): "Collaborative Learning, Assessment and Feedback"