Enhancing my practice … Yeah right! An evaluation of authentic assessment design vs experience in the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Showcase Presenter: Lyn Lewis

Student participants in the School of Education Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education engage in ‘authentic’ assessments to enhance their practice as research-informed teachers and their research as practitioner researchers. Two types of assessments are designed for each paper: (1) extending scholarship of theoretically-informed practice through high level asynchronous discussions on Blackboard and (2) focussing on practice-related issues in curriculum, assessment and pedagogy through critical inquiry into own practice with a view to provoke new and innovative ways of ‘being’ a higher education teacher/practitioner researcher. Assessment outcomes focus on producing artefacts which apply to own discipline and enhance teaching and learning practice. 

Attendees at this showcase will hear from staff (as current students in the papers) as they evaluate the meaning and role of the intended authentic assessment for enhanced practice/research. Staff participants will respond to and debate some of the authentic assessment indicators (presented in the TLC call for submissions) with reference to their experience of the assessments in the PGCert HE programme: simulating real-life situations; impact beyond the classroom; fidelity of the task to the real world; creation of a polished product; development of higher order thinking, reflection; peer and self-assessment; enabling wide, diverse and novel approaches. 

Lyn Lewis is the Head of School of Education and the Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Culture and Society and is currently co-ordinating the PGDipHE. Lyn has a particular interest in the nexus of practitioner-research/research-informed teaching.