Workshop Title: Sharing the Potential of Assessment: An Introduction to Democratic Assessment
Date: 2nd June 2016 (9:30 to 4:30 – Lunch and refreshments included)
Venue: University of Limerick
Presenters: Prof Richard Kimbell, Dr Eva Hartel, Dr Donal Canty, Dr Niall Seery and Dr Adrian O’Connor
The DALTA project at UL strives to utilise technological developments to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in a way that will support effective pedagogy and authentic student centred learning. Technology enhanced and mediated learning has shown much promise and there are numerous examples of technologies that have enhanced teaching, learning and assessment in our schools and beyond. However, work is required to synthesise these offerings so as to support, acknowledge, and reward individual differences, interpretations and conceptions, to further improve schooling as a whole. With the increasing use of portfolios and e-portfolios in education to capture pupil learning, their use and purpose has become the centre of much scrutiny and acclaim. Validly assessing the skills and performance of pupils captured through portfolio based mediums is a central focus of this research project.
The DALTA project intends to assist and disseminate research in the area of assessment to 2nd level teachers in Ireland. The first workshop will take place on the 2nd of June 2016 at the University of Limerick.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- Disseminate current assessment innovation and research activities in technology education
- Explore the challenges of assessment and classroom practice
- Build a network of research collaborators and Partnerships in Irish Secondary Schools to support the translation of research to policy and practice.
During the workshop we will have a key note address by Professor Richard Kimbell and Dr Eva Hartel. Both speakers will join us for the full day workshop which promises to be engaging and informative with time allocated for discussion and activity.
Dr Adrian O’Connor discussing the use of technology in the classroom at the 1st DALTA workshop at the University of Limerick.