CTaLE Working Papers related to Assessment. If interested, please get in touch with the respective academics of each project.

Developing Students’ Research, Writing and Collaborative Skills Using Wikis

Prof. Parama Chaudhury and Dr. Christian Spielmann

Collaborative activities are difficult to organise in large classes. To address this, Prof Chaudhury and Dr Spielmann (now at Bristol) developed wiki projects in their class. This paper discusses the motivation for the project and its evaluation.

Mixed Assessment Strategy for Inclusivity

Prof. Parama Chaudhury, Dr. Silvia Dal Bianco and Dr. Cloda Jenkins

Assessment strategies are a key dimension of an inclusive curriculum, with the QAA (2016) recommending strategies, such as the so-called “mixed assessment strategies’, to ensure “every student with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their achievement”. Economics, as a discipline, traditionally assesses students through closed-book exams. In the UCL Economics Department we have gone through a period of significant transition with our assessment methods across modules for the past three years. At the UCL Education Conference we delivered a presentation on the relationship between assessment strategies and inclusivity.

Videos for Video-Assessment

Dr. Silvia Dal Bianco

This project has been inspired by Silvia’s students’ feedback. Recently, a 3-minute video assessment was introduced into Silvia’s Economics of the Public Sector module. Students’ feedback reflected both enthusiasm but also the need for more guidance on the technical side of video realization and editing. Hence, Silvia teamed up with Alexandre, an urbanist UCL Undergraduate student, to create 6 videos. Unlike tutorials found online, these videos are short, clear and go straight to the point. They have been especially tailored to the needs of students and will teach exactly what one needs to know in order to drastically improve the production quality of your videos without spending too much time on it. One of the said videos can be found through this link.