DALTA Workshop 3

Workshop Title: Sharing the Potential of Assessment: An Introduction to Democratic Assessment

Date: 18th February 2017 (9:30 to 4:30 – Lunch and refreshments included)

Venue: University of Limerick

Presenters: Dr Donal Canty, Prof Richard Kimbell, 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 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 through the provision of an update on DALTA activities
  • Further explore the challenges of assessment and classroom practice in relation to pedagogy and capability
  • Assess responses to the ‘DALTA Design Challenge’ using Adaptive Comparative Judgements
  • Discuss the potential of ACJ in supporting learning using the experience of the ‘DALTA Design Challenge’ as a catalyst
  • Gather feedback from practicing teachers on further enhancing and employing DALTA related educational activities

Professor Richard Kimbell discussing holistic judgements as a method of assessment at the 3rd DALTA workshop at the University of Limerick

Dr Donal Canty leading an ACJ judging session on the ‘DALTA Design Challenge’ at the 3rd DALTA workshop at the University of Limerick

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.

Professor Richard Kimbell (Emeritus Professor of Technology Education) taught design & technology in schools and was the director for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of teacher education at Goldsmiths, University of London. Between 1985 and 1991, he directed the government funded Assessment of Performance Unit research project in design and technology. In 1990, he founded the Technology Education Research Unit (TERU) at Goldsmiths College London which conducts a wide range of externally funded research projects in design & technology and information technology, particularly as they relate to teaching, learning and assessment.

Dr Niall Seery is the Vice President Academic and Registrar of 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.