Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning

A Professional Learning Programme for Staff on Technology-Enhanced Assessment
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The Irish Universities Association (IUA) Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning Project 2019-2021

A Professional Learning Programme for Staff on Technology-Enhanced Assessment

Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) is a three-year academic staff professional learning programme co-ordinated by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

The project aims to support university teachers to develop their digital skills so that students’ learning experiences can be enhanced with technology. In turn, the development of digital skills for teachers will expose students to technology for teaching and learning and support them to develop their own digital skills.

DCU has chosen to focus on the theme of digital assessment for its professional learning programme. The TEU co-ordinates DCU’s EDTL professional development programme. The TEU searches for and invites groups of academic staff to participate and also welcomes unprompted expressions of interest.The programme takes the form of workshops, webinars and consultancies for school, programme or discipline-based teams of academic staff. Participants decide the specific digital assessment topics they wish to explore and are supported by the TEU to plan enhancements to the assessments on their modules.

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Are you interested in participating?

The TEU would be delighted to hear from academic teams from across the five faculties who want to develop their professional knowledge and skills around assessment and using technology to support and enhance assessment. Please contact Suzanne Stone and Rob Lowney to start planning.

What are the benefits?

Participants who engage in this professional learning programme are eligible to be awarded the digital badge Getting Started with Personal and Professional Digital Capacity, offered by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Previous participants have indicated they benefitted from the sense of community and collegiality generated by engaging in this type of learning with colleagues. It gave them the space to discuss assessment issues facing them as a team and make plans to address them and to enhance students' assessment experience with technology. Most of all, it improved their confidence around using technology in assessment.

What are the logistics?

The participants decided when, where and how often they engage in the programme, and they select the particular areas and topics they wish to explore - it is entirely driven by the participating team and their needs. The TEU is flexible and works around your schedules and other factors. Generally the programme requires about 9 hours contact time, which can be spread across an entire semester, at days/times that participants decide.

What areas will be explored?

The areas and topics to be explored as part of the programme will be decided by the participants. Here are some sample workshops from which participants can choose:

  1. Introducing flexibility in technology-enhanced assessment 
  2. Transforming assessment with learning portfolios
  3. Mobile-enabled formative assessment
  4. Group work
  5. Group assessment with technology
  6. Peer review and peer assessment
  7. Student feedback workshop
  8. Fundamentals of technology-enhanced assessment
  9. Loop and assessment: the basics
  10. Loop and assessment: advanced
  11. Creating consistency and transparency in technology-enhanced assessment
  12. Transitioning from examinations to continuous assessment
  13. Discussion activities for assessment

These are non-exhaustive and participants are not confined to these alone. Again - the programme is guided by participants' own needs and wishes.

Project leads: Suzanne Stone and Rob Lowney

Student intern: Laura Anne Scanlon

Open Education Resource (OER) of Technology-Enhanced Assessment Exemplars

Faculty who have employed traditional assessment methods for some time often have difficulty conceptualising the possibilities that digital technologies can afford. Discussions with them have highlighted the need for a bank of technology-enhanced assessment exemplars across a range of disciplines. These exemplars can offer inspiration and guidance for those academics who lack experience in using digital assessments.

Access the OER of exemplars.

If you have an exemplar of your own you would like to add to the OER, complete this form.

The EDTL Approach

Visit the EDTL project site, where the national project team drawn from the seven Irish universities, have curated a selection of resources to support effective online teaching, presented as 'The EDTL Approach'.

Explore the EDTL Approach

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Lowney, R. & Stone, S. (2021) Crowd-sourcing an OER: Exemplars and Case Studies of Technology-Enhanced Assessment. [Oral Presentation], EdTech, Online

Flynn, S., Munro, M., Byrne, J., Hamill, D., Lowney, R., Molloy, K., Moloney, D., O'Callaghan, C., O'Connor, M., O'Reilly, M., Scrochi, C. and Stone, S. (2021) The EDTL Approach: From Emergency Remote Teaching to Effective Remote Teaching. [Oral Presentation], EdTech, Online

Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Buckley, K., Donaldson, L., Farrelly, T., Lowney, R., Mihaescu, V. and Stone, S. (2020) Practical and pedagogical ways to assess your students online. [Invited Oral Presentation], EDEN European Online and Distance Learning Week 2020, Online

Flynn, S, O'Riordan, F., O'Gallchoir, R., Scanlon, L., Ryan, B. & Lowney, R. (2020) Consider Technology to Support Academic Integrity. [Oral Presentation], #IUADigEd Webinar Series, Online

Stone, S. & Lowney, R. (2020) Mapping Universal Design for Learning & Academic Integrity principles to Moodle assessment tools. [Oral Presentation], MoodleMoot Ireland & UK, Online

Lowney, R. & Stone, S. (2020) Crowdsourcing an OER. [Oral Presentation], MoodleMoot Ireland & UK, Online

Stone, S., & Lowney, R. (2020) Crowd sourcing Technology Enhanced Assessment. [Oral Presentation], Association for Learning Technology Summer Summit, Online

Lowney, R. & Stone, S. (2020) Assessment and digital competences: building capacity with academic staff. [Oral Presentation], Association for Learning Technology Summer Summit, Online

Lowney, R., O'Connor, M., Gilmartin, A., Scanlon, L. & Farrell, O. (2020) EDTL Approach: Consider Communication & Engagement. #IUADigEd Webinar Series, Online

Flynn, S. & Lowney, R. (2020) Pedagogy First: Concept and Practice. [Invited Oral Presentation], CCT Excellence in Teaching Series, Online

Lowney, R. & Stone, S. (2020) Assessment and digital competences: building capacity with academic staff. [Invited Oral Presentation], AHE conference panel - looking to 2021 (A joint Assessment in Higher Education conference (UK) and Transforming Assessment webinar panel session), Online

Lowney, R. & Stone, S. (2020) Insights into Delivering a Structured Professional Learning Programme for Academic Staff. [Invited Oral Presentation], Exploring Models of Success: Professional Development of Higher Education, Further Education and Training, and English Language Education Staff, Dublin, Ireland

Stone, S. & Lowney, R. (2019) Professional Learning for Digital Assessment. [Poster Presentation ], International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy, Limerick, Ireland

Lowney, R. & Stone, S. (2019) Crowdsourcing an OER of Technology-Enhanced Assessment Exemplars. [Oral Presentation], Association for Learning Technology Winter Conference, Online