Open Classrooms is a podcast series produced by the Academic Development Group in Science, Engineering and Health. Each podcast features interviews and stories from our staff who have opened up their classroom doors and shared their practices, innovations and ideas.
In this episode, Natasha Taylor talks to 3 members of staff from Science and Engineering who have been experimenting with new assessment formats this semester. Together they explore how introducing the opportunity to evidence learning in non-traditional and creative ways – including videos, infographics, self-set essay questions, social media profiles and web-site design – has transformed the assessment experience for students and markers!
Contact the staff to find out more about their work via email or twitter:
Jessica Danaher: firstname.lastname@example.org (@DrJessDanaher)
Kate Fox: email@example.com (@Engineeringkate)
Daniel Gomez: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in introducing some more creative assessments to your course, here are some resources to get you started.
- Getting started with assessment via groupwork (excellent introductory resources produced by UNSW)
- Negotiated Assessment in Pharmacy (a video case-study of approaches used in Pharmacy at RMIT)
- Hanesworth, P., Bracken, S. and Elkington, S. (2019) A typology for a social justice approach to assessment: learning from universal design and culturally sustaining pedagogy, Teaching in Higher Education, 24:1, pp. 98-114.
Examples of student work
The team have shared some examples of the work their students have produced this semester (the students have agreed to the sharing of this work).
From Food Toxicology:
As part of this course, the students had to create a consumer education resource. These are just some of the different creations:
- An e-magazine on Food Additives.
- A website (including students’ own photography and animations) on Food Drug interactions. Accompanied by an instagram account.
- A website on Organic Foods.
- A Youtube animation (with student voice over) on Drug Dosage.
- A Youtube video on Lactose Intolerance.
From Nanotechnology Methodology
Students from this course had the option to set and develop their own research question in negotiation with the teaching team. This example was produced by one of Daniel’s students in the 2019 cohort.