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Mon 24 Jun 2024
10:30 - 12:00

Venue: Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03c

Provided by: Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


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Designing assessment workshop: using the Design Decisions Framework

Mon 24 Jun 2024


Assessment is one of the most powerful influencers of student learning and student behaviour. Decades of research suggests ways that assessment ‘should’ be done, but on the ground practice tends to be different. There is a substantial gap between the ‘state of the art’ and the ‘state of the actual’ in assessment. Why is everyday assessment practice so difficult to change?

This practical workshop introduces the Assessment Design Decisions framework. The ADD framework is the product of a federally funded Australian research project that explored the gritty realities of assessment, and connected them to rigorous assessment evidence and expertise. Participants will apply the framework to a new or existing assessment design from their own teaching. You can access the framework and other resources on the project website

Diversifying Assessment Forum 2024

You may also be interested in attending the Diversifying Assessment Forum 2024, scheduled for later in the afternoon of the day of this workshop. For more details, please visit:

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Target audience

All university staff and students


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 24 Jun   10:30 - 12:00 10:30 - 12:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03c map
About the Facilitator: Prof. Phillip Dawson

Professor Phillip (Phill) Dawson is the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. His research focuses on how to address the many perceived 'threats' to assessment validity in a digital world. These threats span the use of artificial intelligence for cognitive offloading, the (in)security of online exams, assessment that is not inclusive, and beyond. His two latest books are Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World: Preventing E-Cheating and Supporting Academic Integrity in Higher Education (Routledge, 2021) and the co-edited volume Re-imagining University Assessment in a Digital World (Springer, 2020). Phill initially studied artificial intelligence and cybersecurity before his PhD in higher education. Beyond validity, he conducts broader research into assessment, which includes work on assessment design and feedback. In his spare time, Phill performs improv comedy and produces the academic-themed comedy show The Peer Revue.


Twitter: @phillipdawson

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