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Exploring third level assessment practices: Supporting successful transitions and student retention

June 9, 2017

The aim of this seminar is to provide a forum for researchers, academics, professionals, policy makers and students from various educational fields across the third level sector and with cross-disciplinary interests to share knowledge, network and engage in critical and creative dialogue around the theme of enhancing assessment practices at third level. The seminar is designed to provide a space to share international and national perspectives from a variety of stakeholders on the outcomes of assessment for learners, to critique practices and approaches to assessment, and share the diversity of assessment practices that exist within the third level sector. The keynote address will be provided by editor of the Journal of Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. The seminar will provide insights into how to best support and promote best practices in assessment and feedback in higher education. The opportunity for seminar delegates to build assessment skills and literacy will be provided through a series of parallel workshops exploring the diversity in range of assessment approaches, reporting on collaborative efforts in developing assessment practice, providing insights into engaging students in assessment and examining policy in assessment. Feedback from the workshops and discussions will be shared in the plenary session with a panel of experts which will include representatives from the NCCA, European Students Union, teachers and the University Sector.

Learning Outcomes

 Examine international and national approaches to approaches to assessment of, for and as learning in higher education and in the transition to higher education
 Explore and quality indicators and criteria in approaches to assessment of, for and as learning
 Develop insights and skill development in assessment methodologies (for technologies for assessment, approaches to collaborative assessment, peer assessment, self-assessment, assessment for and as learning)
 Identify the factors which facilitate successful transitions and which impact retention rates

Target Audience

Academics, professionals, policy makers, teachers and students

Format: Seminar consisting of a key note address, research presentations, parallel workshops and plenary session with a panel of experts.


June 9, 2017
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Aisling Leavy