innovating with assessment methods – a project with the University of Sydney

Along with Professor Dragan Gasevic here at Edinburgh, and  Dr Jen Scott Curwood, Associate Professor Abelardo Pardo, and Dr Amani Bell from the Centre for Research in Learning and Innovation at the University of Sydney, this year I’ve been awarded a Partnership Collaboration Award on the topic of Methodological Innovations for Assessing Learning in Digital Spaces. The project is building on research connections between the two Centres, weaving together two complementary strands: an approach to multimodal assessment and a framework to analyse learning strategies in digital spaces. Jen, Amani and I are working on the first strand, developing new insights into the nature of digital assignments and methodologies for their design and assessment, drawing on theories of place-based learning, mobilities and multimodality.

Along with getting to work closely with Jen and Amani (and returning to the lovely Sydney in March), and to think very broadly about assessment methodologies with all the partners, this project is also a brilliant chance to bring together expertise from a number of colleagues here in the Centre: James Lamb, Sharon Boyd, Yi-Shan Tsai and Sian Bayne are all contributing their insights to the multimodal assessment strand.

There’s a bit more information about this collaboration on the Digital Education site, and I’ll share findings and materials here as they develop.