Project: The co-creation of unit assessments based on the principles of ‘backward design’

by Richard Wallis & Ashley Woodfall (joint-PIs)

In this exploratory workshop, students and staff from three faculties are coming together to explore innovative approaches to assessment based upon the principles of ‘backward design’ and co-creation. The unexpected mid-semester departure from the University of one of our original Faculty partners proved to be only a temporary set-back, and we are delighted to announce that Richard Wallis, Ashley Woodfall and Kathryn McDonald (Faculty of Media and Communication) and Chris Willetts (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences) are now being joined by Tom Davis (Faculty of Science and Technology).

Through this series of cross-faculty working groups, three distinct learning cultures, subject areas, and professional orientations, will be represented in an exploration of the purpose and creative possibilities of assessment by looking in depth at units from each of the programmes that they represent.  Planning is now complete, and the workshop will be taking place in the Kimmeridge Building over the weekend of 6th & 7th May 2017. The entire process will be captured by Media Production students, who will be filming throughout, and creating a series of related media assets.

The three principal outcomes we are aiming for are: the production of a number of specific co-created assessment tasks for particular units from programmes within each of our three faculties; a transformative experience of mutual understanding for staff and students involved in the workshop, and a greater transparency about the assessment process by all concerned; and a video record of the weekend, produced by staff and students together, enabling the lessons learned to be shared with a wider audience of staff and students here in Bournemouth, and beyond.

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