Transforming Assessment via global and local learning networks

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Research and Development in Higher Education Vol. 38: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World

July, 2015, 528 pages
Published by
T. Thomas, E. Levin, P. Dawson, K. Fraser & R. Hadgraft

This paper looks at the nature of an online professional development activity that facilitates a nexus between local and global learning networks for academics and practitioners in e-assessment. The ‘Transforming Assessment’ e-assessment programme, commenced in 2009 with webinars and online e-assessment examples featured on a purpose built website. Expansion and continued sustainability saw an online conference added in 2013, a localised resource added in 2014 and in 2015 a re-developed website was launched. Using the CIPP (context, input, process, and product) evaluation approach (Stufflebeam, 2000), rich sources of both qualitative and quantitative evaluation data were collected across the life of the programme from over 1380 participants with a picture emerging of a low cost, high impact model of dissemination of diverse e- assessment practices, bringing together global and local learning networks. A proposal is made to further deepen connections between the global webinar forum and local activity within institutions in order to enhance the impact of this professional development activity.

Keywords: webinars, professional development, learning networks