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Adopting new practice: Using Feedback to Develop a University-wide Moderation Process that closes the assessment loop


Brown, NR, Adopting new practice: Using Feedback to Develop a University-wide Moderation Process that closes the assessment loop, Authors Papers and Extended Abstracts: ATN Assessment Conference 2010, 18-19 November 2010, Sydney EJ (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]


In higher education, assessment practices are increasingly coming under scrutiny as a scholarship of assessment is being developed across the sector. Many institutions are promoting the use of criterion-referenced assessment, particularly in conjunction with the use of standards, yet despite this widespread support, the effective implementation of such a system can be problematic. Generating criteria that are clear and valid, developing a shared understanding of criteria and standards among students and assessors and arriving at final awards are key issues being addressed by scholars of assessment. At a meta-level, implementation of a fundamentally new assessment practice within an institution requires change management that takes account of a broader range of factors beyond issues of scholarship. This paper describes the procedure of articulating a moderation process in response to concerns about the removal of the requirement to �grade on the curve�. The moderation process has three foci: the assessment design (pre-assessment focus), making judgments (point of assessment focus) and determining grading outputs (post-assessment focus). Importantly, the post-assessment focus explicitly builds in review and feed forward in relation to assessment design, thereby closing the loop of the assessment process.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:moderation; standards-based; criterion-referenced
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Brown, NR (Professor Natalie Brown)
ID Code:67291
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2011-03-02
Last Modified:2014-11-26

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