Assessment, Feedback and Technology
Contexts and Case Studies in Bloomsbury
In 2014, the Bloomsbury Learning Exchange (BLE) Consortium initiated a wide-ranging, two-year-long research and dissemination project focusing on the use of technology in assessment and feedback. Our aim was to understand and improve processes, practices, opportunities and tools available to the institutional members of the BLE Consortium. From the project, we produced three research papers investigating current practice and 21 case studies describing both technology-enabled pedagogy and technical development. Now presented as a free ebook, co-edited by Leo Havemann and Sarah Sherman, we offer the flavour of the variety and breadth of the BLE’s activities relating to the project theme as a contribution to the education sector’s widening conversation about the interplay of assessment, feedback, pedagogy and technology.
This project enabled the BLE partners to see how are we using learning technologies to support assessment and feedback in both pedagogic and administrative senses. By examining the landscape we were able to gain a better understanding of current practices across the consortium, and this enabled the further sharing good and innovative practices.
The first section of the book contains three research papers, which attempt to capture macro-level snapshots of current practice (at the time of writing); here, we focus on technology used across the assessment lifecycle, the roles played by administrative staff in assessment processes, and technology-supported assessment in distance learning, respectively.
Contributors to the book include the members of the BLE Assessment and Feedback Advisory Board; academics, learning technology and support professionals from the BLE institutions; and educational consultant specialists, Architela.
The subsequent sections contain case studies of digital assessment and feedback practices, which operate at the micro-level of specific modules to give insight into the pedagogy underlying the adoption of particular tools, and the associated benefits and challenges. The final section contains case studies of technical developments, which have been undertaken locally to support or enhance aspects of practice.
To launch the book, a special event was held on 26th October 2017. The event was opened by Keith Harrison, College Secretary at Birkbeck and guest speaker, Debra Garretson from Panopto shared how institutions are using media technologies to support assessment and feedback processes. After an introduction to the book by the co-editors, three case study authors described their work which features in the book (Tim Neumann, Deborah Grange and Steve Hirons).
Leo Havemann joined Birkbeck in 2008 as a Learning Technologist. Developing and researching technology-enhanced learning and teaching, he collaborates with colleagues in the BLE and beyond via the M25 Learning Technology Group and the Open Education Working Group.
Sarah Sherman has worked in the field of e-learning for over 18 years and currently manages the BLE. A Senior Fellow of the HEA, Sarah is also a certified member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), a Trustee of ALT and a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education. She also coordinates a number of regional, national and international special interest groups in e-learning. @BLE1
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