Assessment is a cornerstone of learning and teaching; it is by way of their assessments that we know our students are learning. There are many ways of doing assessment, from the conventional academic-style essay or report, to the more authentic case study or project. Understanding what kinds of assessment strategy options are available and deciding what to use can be a creative opportunity, but also one that benefits from the inspiration of others.
A global campaign to reimagine assessment
One such source of inspiration is the Reimagined Assessment campaign. Originating out of Athabasca university (Canada) and championed by Dr Eliana Koury, the campaign invited academics around the world to share their reimagined assessments – those assessments that offer alternatives to the more conventional assessments such as exams, essays and reports.
Eliana has invited international colleagues to share their alternative assessments in the form of a two-minute video which she has collated and presented on YouTube. Here you will find a growing collection of different, interesting, and authentic ways of assessing student learning.
Some of the ‘reimagined’ assessments you’ll find in the current collection include:
- Collaborative/social annotation (Tab Betts, University of Sussex)
- Portfolios and reflections (Dr Charmaine Cunningham, University of Cape Town)
- Virtual escape rooms (Dr Peggy Holzweiss, Sam Houston State University)
- Contract grading (Jasmina Najjar, American University of Beirut)
- Renewable/ non-disposable assessment (Dr Celia Popovic, York University)
The project is accepting videos on a rolling basis with no deadline, and Eliana is inviting peers from the global academic community to make a submission.
If you have reimagined assessment at the classroom level, department, or institutional level, I would love to hear from you!
You can contact Dr Eliana El Khoury at firstname.lastname@example.org.