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ERIC Number: EJ864370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1065-0741
Successful Engagement in Graduate Attribute Assessment Using Software
Thompson, Darrall
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v26 n5 p400-412 2009
Purpose: The benefits of an educational shift to graduate attribute development have been foregrounded in the educational literature since the early 1990s. Attribute mapping in documentation with no change to assessment constitutes a surface approach. This paper aims to use as an example a deep approach that uses software to facilitate staff and student engagement. Design/methodology/approach: In 2002 the author developed online criteria-based assessment software ReView, together with a process involving the constructive alignment of assessment tasks. This was used in an academic development context to assist staff to integrate graduate attribute development through the assessment of student work. The time-saving features of the online software, colour-coded feedback about attribute development and its facilitation of students' self-assessment were significantly successful parts of this approach. Findings: A time-saving strategy using software as a facilitator can encourage change to assessment practices. The inclusion of discipline content as part of attribute-related assessment criteria assisted staff engagement with a developmental approach to attributes. Top-down directives need bottom-up processes and both are assisted by factors such as external accreditation and course reviews. Originality/value: The paper clarifies graduate attribute terminology issues and identifies problems with "top-down directives". It describes innovative online criteria-based assessment software used to facilitate graduate attribute integration and student self-assessment. Assessment processes that give students a progressive portrait of their attribute development are few and far between. This paper offers data about one successful approach to this issue. (Contains 3 figures, 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia