Therese N. Hopfenbeck presents keynote speech at the International Congress on Higher Education

Friday, February 15, 2019

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OUCEA Director, Therese N. Hopfenbeck presented the key-note speech at the International Congress on Higher Education in Braga, Portugal on 8th February 2019. This conference is an international congress with over 400 delegates working on assessment for learning in higher education.  Click here for the programme and further information.

 Therese’s presentation title and abstract:

 Assessment for Learning – a missing link in Higher Education?

Assessment for Learning, or formative assessment, claims a direct link between assessment and learning (Baird et al 2018). Formative assessment practices such as feedback from teachers to students, peer and self-assessment, can enhance students learning (Black and Wiliam 2018). However, although AfL or formative assessment practices has been researched, piloted and/or implemented in a wide variety of contexts such as Australia, New Zealand, UK, the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Chile, Singapore, Rwanda, Cameroon, The Netherlands, a series of caveats and difficulties have been found in relation to the feasibility of its implementation (Hopfenbeck, Florez Petour and Tolo 2015). The complexity and challenges of how to do it, is still a missing link. In my presentation, I will discuss possibilities and limitations for higher education with respect to implementing AfL practises based upon previous and ongoing research studies at OUCEA, with a particular focus upon the use of feedback.