Interactive Oral Assessment

An Interactive Oral (IO) Assessment  is an “efficient and effective form of authentic assessment that promotes skill development and employability, enhances overall student engagement and a personalised approach to learning and teaching, and preserves academic integrity”. An IO is innovative in that it is a two-way conversation using a work-based or professional scenario to stimulate a free-flowing discussion. It facilitates the exploration of a student’s deep and higher-order understanding of a topic.  

Acknowledgement: “This project is funded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) under grant number [DCU20231]”

A Fireside Chat with Danielle Logan-Fleming and Monica Ward

The below video is a fireside chat with Danielle Logan-Fleming and Monica Ward on Interactive Oral Assessments. It covers a brief overview of Interactive Oral Assessments and frequently asked questions (FAQs). This recording was created as part of the QQI-funded ‘Rethinking Assessment’ project.

IO across different disciplines 

The Designing an Interactive Oral section offers advice for academics planning to design and facilitate an interactive oral assessment within their module. The Interactive Oral assessment process can be planned over 10 weeks, from week 1 to week 10 of a semester as described in the process diagram below. The recommendation would be to allow at least 3 to 4 weeks for designing an Interactive Oral. 

IO design process

Tools that support Interactive Oral Assessments

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)