About the seminar Ipsative assessment is a powerful and under-used approach that provokes a radical rethink of the purposes and methods of assessment (Hughes, 2014). In higher education a strong focus on grades, marks and the implicit ranking of students in a competitive system means that it is not possible for the majority to excel and for many learners it is difficult to maintain self-esteem and the motivation to learn (Dweck, 1999; Sennett, 2003). By contrast, ipsative assessment means an assessor makes comparisons with a learner's previous work to record progress and this enables learners from all backgrounds to achieve an academic 'personal best'. This seminar will report on the Assessment Careers project at the UCL Institute of Education which explored how technology could support feedback over a whole programme and not only at a module level.
About the presenter Gwyneth Hughes is Reader in Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London where she leads and teachers on Masters programmes in higher education and supervises doctoral students. She led a three year JISC funded research project: Assessment Careers: learning pathways through assessment (www.ioe.ac.uk/assessmentcareers). She is on the editorial board for the journal London Review of Education. She has published widely on learning and teaching in higher education and her latest book Ipsative Assessment: Motivation through marking progress was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.
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