In designing this workshop, we worked with the UCC Skills Centre, whose staff provide exceptional resources to UCC students to enable them to ‘unlock their potential’, as they put it. The Skills Centre runs a workshop for students on critical thinking. Kathy Bradley, who is its Director, generously sponsored two the centre’s tutors, Ian Kearney and James Groarke, to contribute to this project, both of whom have considerable experience of working with students.
During this workshop, we explored the design of exemplar assessments that could be used in social research methods education to bring the subject to life for students. We intend to collaborate with students through the Skills Centre to test the curriculum and the assessments for/as/of learning with the intention of including the material permanently in the curriculum and making this content available as an open access resource through the National Forum. Staff who participate in the project by contributing to the content and design of assessments, drawing on their digital skills, can apply for a Gold Digital Badge.
The design of assessments is based on a set of principles outlined by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, namely:
In addition to being valid, reliable and effective:
See the National Forum’s resources on assessments for/as/of learning for further details.