Productive Assessment

10 Units

This course introduces students to the research and development literature on Authentic and Productive forms of assessment. In particular, the course will outline major forms of assessment that have been identified in recent research as assisting the promotion of more intellectually challenging and relevant student learning. As part of this course, students will be introduced to recent developments in performance-based assessment and an analysis of the relationship between productive assessment and current state-based assessment procedures. In addition, the course will engage students in direct experiences of analysing their own and others' assessment practices and student work. The course will be delivered in a flexible mode combining an intensive face-to-face component with distance facilitation of student-centred learning by on-line discussion and email communication.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

(1) To introduce students to Productive Pedagogy and Authentic Pedagogy models of assessment practice (2) To help students develop of deep understanding of the pertinent research literature (3) To assist students in the analysis of current assessment practice in educational settings (4) To enable students to design improved assessment practices.


? A detailed analysis of Authentic and Productive assessment models and their relationship to improved student learning outcomes

A focus on the role of Intellectual Quality and Relevance in improving student learning

An introduction to and application of the development of performance-based assessments that promote intellectual quality and relevance

An analysis of the implications of assessment procedures for pedagogical practice

Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 45%): An analysis of current assessment practice based on current research literature in authentic and productive assessment (2,000 words).
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 55%): Documentation and analysis of improved assessment practice and/or an attempt to improve assessment practice in relation to a) an analysis of prior observed practices and b) relevant research literature on performance-based and authentic forms of assessment (3,000 words).
Contact Hours
  • Integrated Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6201

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