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This month’s TALOE webinar: Composing assessment for the multimodal classroom

The fifth lecture of the TALOE webinar series “Talks on E-assessment and Learning Outcomes” is to be held on 15 June 2015, starting at 11:00AM CEST with the title of “Composing assessment for the multimodal classroom” by James Lamb, Assistant Director of Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS), in Edinburgh.

A wander through the corridors of the university reminds us that academic knowledge can be constructed differently across the disciplines. As we peer into seminar rooms, studios and performance spaces we will see students displaying their ability through words, images and sounds respectively. However the growing digital influence within higher education means it becomes increasingly possible to take a multimodal approach in the construction of academic knowledge. For instance, a student faced with a conventional essay question might respond by creating a video where she represents her ideas through a simultaneous juxtaposition of photographs, text captions and a musical soundtrack.

The lecturer will argue in the session that the increasingly digital nature of teaching and learning in higher education calls us for to fully consider the possibilities of multimodal assessment and feedback. He will begin with a short presentation where he contextualise the subject though reference to multimodal literature (particularly drawing on the work of Carey Jewitt and Gunther Kress) before posing questions for discussion. He will conclude the session by briefly describing two examples of multimodal assessment and feedback in practice.

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No previous registration is needed, but you can indicate your interest, comment the topic and put questions to the presenters in advance here. The recording of the previous webinars of the series are also freely available. (1st webinar, 2nd webinar, 3rd webinar, 4th webinar)

Recording of TALOE webinar “A journey through the assessment and feedback landscape: from principles to effective practice” is now available

The TALOE consortium hold another successful webinar on 20 May about the outcomes of a 3 year programme of activity to enhance assessment and feedback practice in the UK. Dr. Gill Ferrell presented the programme that involved over 30 universities working directly with around 2,200 staff and more than 6000 students covering all of the main academic disciplines. She talked about the outcomes of a landscape review that gave an overview of academic practice at the beginning of the journey and identified the factors that were most effective in delivering real change. Some freely available tools were also highlighted that can be readily applied to help other universities review and enhance their own practice and an update was given on ongoing developments and opportunities for European partners to get involved with the activities.

The recording is available here, and the previous webinars of the series are available here.

Information about the next webinar is coming soon.

TALOE Presentation at the AEA Conference in Tallinn

TALOE will be presented by Juri Lossenko from Hariduse Infotehnoloogia Sihtasutus (HITSA)at the AEA-Europe Conference to be held in Tallinn between 6th and 8th November. The paper presentation will focus on innovative e-assessment practices implemented in actual teaching situations and will outline the initial results from analysing these practices on how various assessment methods are suited to assessing specific learning outcomes.

The conference theme will be “Assessment of students in a 21st century world”. AEA – Association for Educational Assessment acts as a platform to foster discussions and developments in educational assessment in Europe and beyond, forwarding co-operations and creating connections between organisations and individuals dealing with educational assessment.

The E-learning Centre week in Zagreb

From 22 September to 1 October The E-learning Centre week will take place at one of the TALOE partners, SRCE in Zagreb, Croatia. During this week workshops, courses and lectures on the topic of e-learning will be held.

The purpose of these events is to assist teachers to acquire new knowledge in the field of e-learning, improve their teaching competences and find the best way to integrate technologies of e-learning in the educational process.
In addition to workshops and courses related to the technology of e-learning, SRCE organised workshops on learning outcomes, which are related to TALOE as well. The webinar entitled Ask your learning outcomes what you should be assessing about our project will also be part of this one-week event.

A workshop on the evaluation and assessment based on learning outcomes will be on Tuesday, 23 September and another workshop on learning outcomes and evaluation methods in e-learning will be held on Friday, 26 September.

 The E-learning Centre at SRCE is providing support to users in the application of information and communication technologies and e-learning.