Assessment for Student Learning in Law and beyond
In the first part of the talk, David Carless will draw on his recent research into the assessment practices of recipients of awards for teaching excellence. He will frame the discussion through his learning-oriented assessment framework. Key issues in assessment task design are discussed and a number of features of worthwhile assessment tasks proposed. These include: facilitating persistent intellectual engagement; mirroring real-life uses of the subject; permitting student choice and flexibility; and engineering timely in-class feedback dialogues.
In the second half of the talk, Rick Glofcheski will draw on his experiences of assessment practice in the subject of Law. He will discuss examples of assessment designed for productive learning and the nurturing of independent life-long learning habits and dispositions. A particular focal point will be the Reflective Media Diary which requires students to identify a wide range of authentic law-related events reported in the media, include a provisional legal analysis, keep a diary and track subsequent developments. Wider implications for good assessment practice will be raised.