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June 10, 2021

Hallam Guild: Assessment for Applied Learning Forum June-July events

The Hallam Guild Assessment for Applied Learning Forum is pleased to present their summer events series:

Student-led assessment – Thursday 17 June, 11am-12noon

This session will showcase a level 5 employability module which has taken the innovative approach of letting students assess their own knowledge, understanding, skills gaps and choose from a range of assessments to address their individual needs. As an employability module it embodies the Hallam model and applied nature of our students work based experience. Students have a variety of assessments in categories from which they can select the ones most suitable for them and these are used to create a portfolio of evidence for assessment purposes. This module was developed and delivered for the first time in semester 1 2020. This session will look at the assessment package and its consistent parts, student feedback  and impact on student attainment together with  further developments in the module.

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Work-Related Learning in a Peer Assisted Learning Scheme – Wednesday
23 June, 2-3pm

In the assessment activity presented within this talk, Level 4 students are required to undertake work-related learning projects for clients from businesses, charities and organisations in the local area. They are required to present an Excel template and user guide to their client for their use. The work begins at the start of the academic year with the students meeting their clients within the first couple of weeks of their degree, so it is important that the students are adequately supported. Therefore, the assessment takes place within a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme, in which the groups of first year students are supported by students who are in latter years of their studies (PAL leaders). The PAL leaders facilitate weekly meetings and support the first year students as they work through their projects. In this presentation, details and evaluation of both the work-related learning projects and the PAL scheme will be given

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Simulation-based assessment – Thursday
1 July, 12-1pm

Using the Markstrat simulation, students manage their own companies as a team in a dynamic market environment providing a technological product to customer segments whose needs change.  They also need to respond to competitor pressures whilst identifying and using relevant and current data to inform their strategic decision making. The assessment is not dependent on how successful their company is in the simulation/market place but their individual reflection on the experience and the understanding, application and interpretation of supporting theories behind their decision making. This session will explore how the simulation was used, the impact on student attainment, lessons learnt (including the impact of COVID) and further plans for development.

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Applied projects working with local businesses – Tuesday 
6 July, 1-2pm

In a second year module, students work in groups with a local business to help them develop a digital marketing strategy. The students are given a formative assessment task to provide opportunities to use assessment for learning and provide feedforward (Sambell at al, 2012). For this they produce a screencast – recording a 8-10 minute presentation with audio, that outlines the draft version of the report they will complete as an assessed summative task. This is presented to the business and followed by questions. The objective is to get the students to pull together an ‘executive summary’ of the work they have done, and to receive feedback from both the tutor and the Client. The students then have a further period to enhance their video and the written report prior to submission.

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Innovation Consultancy challenge assessment – Friday
9 July, 1-2pm

The Food Innovation Consultancy Challenge is a L6 40 credit capstone module where students work with an industry client on a ‘real-life’ business challenge. It is framed within student personal and professional development and provides an evidence based portfolio that includes reflective practice and Insights Discovery Personal Profiling alongside traditional reflective models. The module has expanded to work across department and even cross-college as during 2020-21. It is forming the basis of the development of a ‘super module’ across college of BTE planned for 2022-23 roll out. The students present the final solutions to the clients where good ideas and ‘game changers’ are taken forward by the client to implement into their business.

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Game-based formative assessment – Wednesday 
21 July, 2-3pm

Further information about this session will be available soon.

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If you have any questions about these events, please contact the Hallam Guild

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