'Phone a Friend' Task
One of the most common criticisms of law students on clinical placements is that they lack telephone communication skills. Speaking confidently over the telephone is an important part of working with clients, especially in law where advice is often provided over the phone. The 'phone a friend' task meets two aims at once: ensuring students have prepared for class, and encouraging them to develop their oral communication skills when using the telephone.
Artifact-inspired Writing Task
Students use artifacts as points of inspiration for short (500 word) written pieces relevant to their discipline. Students are marked on their written expression and adherence to conventions of the genre. Works are also recited during tutorials and students marked on how well they engage others through their spoken delivery.
Assemblage-Based Project Report
Developed as an authentic assessment that simulates analytical skills as used in vocational and academic settings, this task has students analyse a real or created assemblage - a group of disciplinary-relevant artefacts, (e.g. in Archaeology, cultural objects, tools or skeletal remains from a specific site) to produce a written report.
Work-related, Group, Peer-assessed
Authentic assessment in Finance
Students are required to complete an individual assignment (20%) on conducting fundamental analysis of a listed company. This company will later be included in the team project (20%) for students to conduct extensive analysis. The team project is followed by a live Q&A session (10%) and a compulsory peer assessment evaluation. These authentic assessments use real-world data to encourage students to think critically and apply textbook-based knowledge to real-world situations.
Work-related, Group, Peer-assessed, Sequence
Authentic Assessment in Medicine and Public Health
Authentic assessment, group / team work, environmental impact on public health, improving health outcomes, vlogging, scaffolding, presentation, applying learning to practice, linking course materials and learning activities with the learning objectives.
Authentic assessment, problem-based learning, feed-forward approach
In this authentic assessment students write a number of 700-word policy briefing notes. The aim is for students to critically evaluate current economic policy and provide their own policy recommendations. The assessment's innovations focus on the ability of students to connect and transfer economic theory to real-world policy problems and how students obtain feedback, which develops their skills over time.
Authentic assessment: An interactive museum exhibit
Concepts and skills are developed over a semester to design an interactive computer program for a hypothetical museum exhibition. By providing structure while leaving some aspects unspecified, students make creative choices and combine skill sets, and demonstrate mastery to meet the objective of inspiring patrons. Clear and relevant communication to the end-user is a top priority.
Underpinned by a pedagogical commitment to feedback rich assessment, this assessment sees students complete 10 blog posts throughout the semester; student's receive detailed feedback for five of these and are given the opportunity to incorporate this feedback into a revised version of the blog post prior to marking.
Work-related, Group, Sequence
Brand Strategy Audit
Student teams will practice with and apply our brand strategy model and methods to a real world brand of their choosing. The project involves qualitative and quantitative consumer research, so that students learn brand analysis not based on the students' own opinions of the brand but on the evidence of consumer perceptions of the brand. Students analyse the current brand strategy and recommend a complete brand strategy plan. This project will help students learn the theory, will help students understand how it is applied, and will help students acquire the skill of how to do a brand audit.
Identity verified, Work-related, Sequence
Case-based Assessment for Physiotherapy Students
Designed as a sequential case-based online and in-class approach, students are able to scaffold their clinical skills and reasoning through developing and implementing case based assessment and management strategies of simple and complex patients. Students are assigned 6 patient cases within Week 8 of the semester of which will be similar to the cases that students are assigned in their end of semester practical examination. Students can work independently or as groups, contributing to Padlet discussions relating to each patient case. Within tutorials, designed sequentially from Week 9 to 12 (2 cases per tutorial), students work together to plan and present their clinical assessment and management of each case, with facilitation and probing from tutorial staff. Within class discussion is facilitated to explore student views and clinical reasoning whilst reflecting on best evidence based practice (Hour 1). Clinical skills practice is then facilitated where students select skills to practice in relation to the outlined case (Hour 2).