Testing the Waters: Innovative Student-Centred Assessment Design 

"This is the one element of college life I'm really not looking forward to - Going back to exams that are purely memory based when I have a neurological condition that clearly impacts my memory, focus and energy levels. It just upsets me knowing that I'm ultimately going to end up with a worse degree than I'm capable of.”

Student Quote – AHEAD Learning from Home 2021 Research Participant

When it comes to delivering assessment, often practicality and tradition trumps good inclusive design within our further and higher education programmes. The fixed time written examination remains the dominant form of assessment and over assessment is prevalent (National Forum, 2016), despite the increasing variability in our learner cohort (AHEAD,2021) and a clear student preference for more continuous and open book assessment (IUA, 2021). Many learners experience significant anxiety caused by over assessment, the bunching of assessment deadlines and a lack of choice in how they demonstrate their learning. This day of the conference will explore innovative, student-centred approaches to assessment that don't sacrifice academic rigour.

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Workshop Session (Live Only) 12:00-13:00

Workshop Session (Live Only) 12:00-13:00

Offering Equitable Choice in Assessment (Live Only)

  1. Geraldine O'Neill, University College Dublin Dr Lisa Padden, University College Dublin

Lightning Session 14:00-15:00 (Live and Recorded)

Lightning Session 14:00-15:00 (Live and Recorded)

Accessibility in team work in post-secondary education: Using UDL to navigate a complex tension in pedagogical objectives

  1. Dr Frederic Fovet, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Thompson Rivers University

Design and Implementation of a Professional Development Offering for Inclusive Assessment in Higher Education

  1. Siobhan O'Neill, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning at UCC Dr Laura Lee, Research Manager for CIRTL, UCC

Universal Design for Learning encourages assessment by design, but what exactly does this mean for educators? (Cast, 2015)?

  1. Dr Brian Butler, Advisor for Inclusive Education and Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Fellow, University College Cork Dr Laura Lee, Research Manager for CIRTL, UCC

Academic Integrity - upholding our end of the bargain through offering choice in assessment

  1. Dara Ryder, CEO, AHEAD

Keynote Session (Live and Recorded) 15:30-16:30

Keynote Session (Live and Recorded) 15:30-16:30

Exploring ungrading for inclusion - what is it and how does it work?

  1. Jesse Stommel, University of Denver


The core funding received by AHEAD for its higher education activities is provided by the Higher Education Authority.

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