Educational Assessment remains one of the key challenges in transforming educational systems. Effectively assessing and nurturing the appropriate application of 21st century transversal skills, such as critical thinking and communications skills presents a significant challenge to teachers, principals and policy makers.
There have been a number of initiatives which seek to address these challenges. The ACTS21 project, a collaboration between, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft and the University of Melbourne developed a number of white papers, on-line assessments and research papers to outline a framework to address the above challenges. Greg Bulter, Senior Director, World Wide Education will discuss this ground breaking project.
In 2003, the Technology Education Research Unit (TERU) at Goldsmiths, University of London, undertook research to examine the extent to which innovation and team-work might be more fully recognised and rewarded in assessment processes, particularly within the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in the UK. The ‘e-scape’ concept, as it became known, was built on a series of innovations in the world of performance portfolios and their assessment.
In this landscape learners create evidence for assessment, not only in the traditional coursework format, but also by including Web 2.0 content, presenting, for example, evidence of social and group interactions.
Professor Richard Kimbell will discuss the implications of this research.
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