A matrix for appropriate assessment of workplace learning in stem disciplines

Hargreaves, Megan H., Willis, Jenny, & Sahama, Tony (2010) A matrix for appropriate assessment of workplace learning in stem disciplines. In STEM in Education Conference : Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference, 26 - 27 November 2010, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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With increasing interest shown by Universities in workplace learning, especially in STEM disciplines, an issue has arisen amongst educators and industry partners regarding authentic assessment tasks for work integrated learning (WIL) subjects. This paper describes the use of a matrix, which is also available as a decision-tree, based on the features of the WIL experience, in order to facilitate the selection of appropriate assessment strategies. The matrix divides the WIL experiences into seven categories, based on such factors as: the extent to which the experience is compulsory, required for membership of a professional body or elective; whether the student is undertaking a project, or embedding in a professional culture; and other key aspects of the WIL experience. One important variable is linked to the fundamental purpose of the assessment. This question revolves around the focus of the assessment: whether on the person (student development); the process (professional conduct/language); or the product (project, assignment, literature review, report, software). The matrix has been trialed at QUT in the Faculty of Science and Technology, and also at the University of Surrey, UK, and has proven to have good applicability in both universities.

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ID Code: 63639
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Authentic Assessment, Work-integrated Learning (WIL), Assessment matrix, Assessment purpose, Assessment alignment
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Past > Schools > Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2013 22:33
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2013 12:07

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