DALTA Workshop 2

Workshop Title: Sharing the Potential of Assessment: Exercising Teacher Professional Judgement

Date: 26th November 2016 (10:00 to 3:30 – Lunch and refreshments included)

Venue: Athlone Institute of Technology

Presenters: Dr Donal Canty, Dr Niall Seery

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 second workshop will take place on the 26th November 2016 in Athlone Institute of Technology.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • Disseminate current assessment innovation and research activities in technology education through the provision of an update on DALTA activities
  • Further explore the challenges of assessment and classroom practice in relation to pedagogy and capability
  • Afford practicing teachers an opportunity to engage with Adaptive Comparative Judgements (ACJ) as a form of assessment
  • Discuss the potential of ACJ in supporting learning
  • Introduce the ‘DALTA Design Challenge’ for post-primary pupils

Dr Niall Seery discussing the nature and assessment of design activities in Design and Technology at the 2nd DALTA workshop at the Athlone Institute of Technology

Teachers engaging with assessment through Adaptive Comparative Judgement at the 2nd DALTA workshop at the Athlone Institute of Technology

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