Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning
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.
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:
- Introducing flexibility in technology-enhanced assessment
- Transforming assessment with learning portfolios
- Mobile-enabled formative assessment
- Group work and group assessment
- Peer review and peer assessment
- Student feedback workshop
- Fundamentals of technology-enhanced assessment
- Loop and assessment: the basics
- Loop and assessment: advanced
- Creating consistency and transparency in technology-enhanced assessment
- Transitioning from examinations to continuous assessment
- 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.
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.
If you have an exemplar of your own you would like to add to the OER, complete this form.
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. & 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