Background: The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education's National Seminar Series gives many of those working in higher education the opportunity to connect with national colleagues around shared interests in both research and practice, and to hear from national and international experts in different areas of teaching and learning. This year‚ the seminar series focuses specifically on the National Forum’s next enhancement theme which is: Assessment FOR, OF and AS Learning.
Seminar Title: Auditing Assessment for Learning (AfL) Practices in Higher Education
Presenters: Zita Lysaght & Michael O’Leary
When: Thursday, 30 June 2016 from 15:30 to 17:30
Where: Adobe Connect Online Classroom - http://unity.dcu.ie/r6k2s8sqra3/
Target Audience: Department Heads, Leaders of Teaching and Learning, Higher Education Personnel
Description of Seminar: The Higher Education Assessment for Learning Audit instrument (HE-AfLAi) was designed as a mechanism to support higher education personnel in conducting site-based reviews of their existing knowledge, skills and practices in assessment for learning. Building on audit instruments developed previously by Lysaght (2009) and Lysaght and O’Leary (2013), and informed by the research of Thompson and Wiliam (2007), a draft AfLAi was developed. As conceived, the instrument was intended to (a) identify individual and collective levels of understanding and use of AfL in teaching and learning in higher education contexts and (b) develop plans for site-based professional development. This seminar traces the design and development of the HE-AfLAi and explains how it can be used to to gauge HE personnel’s baseline understanding of assessment for learning (AfL) practices and the extent to which AfL is embedded in their teaching.