June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
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Roadworks on the learning highway: the UK experience of assessment.
Tim McLernon, BSc MA MEd ILTM MRICS MCIOB MCIArb
School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster at Jordanstown Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland Ph +44 (0)28 90366515 Fax +44 (0)28 90366515 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Hughes BSc PhD MICE MIEI MIHT ILTM CEng
School of Civil Engineering, Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN Ph +44 (0)28 90274014 Fax +44 (0)28 90663754 email@example.com
This paper is based on the view that good assessment promotes good learning, and the two should run smoothly in parallel as a ‘two-lane learning highway’. This view is based on and illustrated by an examination of theory relating to; why, what and how assessment is conducted in UK Higher Education.
However the practice of assessment and students learning in the UK is subject to many obstructions which act as roadworks on this learning highway. This paper concludes with a diagrammatic representation of these obstructions, illustrating practical factors which should be considered in order to make optimal use of the theory.
2.0 Assessment and learning
Assessment is an integral and essential element in the higher education process. There is an onus on academics to ensure that, if assessment is to take place, the most appropriate methods of assessment are employed.
Student’s education will have been driven by assessment and the outcomes of that assessment process will have determined that student’s university career. The expectation of students embarking on a higher education course is that the process of assessment-led education will continue. This mindset ultimately affects teaching and learning methods in higher education and, perhaps obviously, the assessment of student learning in higher education.
Higher education is about letting students take responsibility for their own learning by encouraging student-centred learning. Good assessment practice requires considerable thought, preparation and execution on the part of the academic. In today’s climate of diminishing resources, the administrative demands made of academics and the requirements for achievement
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
McLernon, T., & Hughes, D. (2005, June), Roadworks On The Learning Highway: The Uk Experience Of Assessment. Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/15298
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