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

Presenter Biographies:

Dr Donal Canty is a qualified Post-Primary Teacher with 8 years classroom experience. Donal’s research interests are in the areas of pedagogy and assessment. His doctoral studies investigated the impact of holistic assessment using Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) on student learning. Donal has significant experience in managing school based research projects that focus on assessment practices and technology mediated teaching and learning. He is currently a lecturer and course director of one of the Initial Teacher Education programmes at the University of Limerick.

Dr Niall Seery is the Head of the Department of Design and Social Sciences at Athlone Institute of Technology and formerly a lecturer in Initial Teacher Education at the University of Limerick and Course Director for the Technology Teacher Education programme. In 2010, Niall established and is currently the director of the Technology Education Research Group (TERG) at the University of Limerick, which aims to advance technological education and support the continuous development of practitioners, initial teacher education, and second level pupils. He has conducted a number of research projects focusing on pupil learning and assessment. Niall has supervised a number of PhD’s and Masters Students to completion, and is focused on developing the strategic direction of TERG.