Work-based Assessment: Exploring Critical Issues and Sharing Solutions

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The National Forum, in partnership with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), ran a series of events scheduled throughout 2020 entitled ‘Work-based Assessment: Exploring Critical Issues and Sharing Solutions’. The purpose of this event series was to initiate a national conversation on work-based assessment and share experiences and approaches so that good practice responses could be identified, and challenges explored collaboratively. The series, including two webinars and one national symposium, explored critical issues and potential solutions across a range of work-based learning contexts.

This event series buildt on the 2016-18 Enhancement Theme of the National Forum, focused on Assessment OF/FOR/As Learning, which helped to focus expertise and attention on assessment and feedback, an issue of real interest and importance to teaching and learning in Irish higher education. The enhancement theme involved gathering evidence, building capacity and sharing good practice across the higher education community. A national understanding of Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning was developed, along with a set of principles to underpin assessment in Irish higher education and supporting resources.

The series, including two webinars and one national symposium, explored critical issues and potential solutions across a range of work-based learning contexts, as follows:

Date Event
17 June, 2020

2-3pm

Webinar

Work-based Assessment: Shared Challenges and Opportunities (access recording here)

14 October, 2020

12-1pm

Webinar

Work-based Assessment: Exploring the Challenge of Consistency (access recording here)

19 November 2020

10am – 3pm

National Symposium

Work-Based Assessment: Practice and Policies – Actions for Sectoral Change (access recording here)

This national symposium was shaped by conversations and input from the preceding webinars.

You are encouraged to contribute to a learning community space to continue the discussions from this series to debate key issues, share practice and appropriate scholarship.

This event series built on the two-year enhancement theme of the National Forum, which ran from 2016 to 2018 with a stream focused specifically on work-based assessment, which resulted in a National Forum Insight dedicated to the topic, available here. QQI’s 2018 Green Paper on Assessment of Learners and Learning and associated consultation event also included a focus on work-based assessment, which will inform the event series.