Dr. Jessica Leech, lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London, offers some 'rather non-radical thoughts about assessment, which might lead to some rather more radical changes.' In this short comment, I am not going to propose any radical overhauling of assessment, or of the general structure of the University. I want, instead, to suggest that … Continue reading Provocation: some non-radical thoughts with some possibly radical consequences
Dr Tim Herrick thinks about the narrow, quantitative outcomes-driven forms of personhood called forth by the majority of assessment practices, which fundamentally betray the purpose of higher education as process. http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cbeiIs6vV8
I decided to experiment with a take-home exam for my Feminism module. It wasn't pre-released, but well in advance I gave the students a good general idea of what would be on the exam and I also gave them a wide choice of questions. I thought the take-home format would be good as (a) they … Continue reading Provocation: the 24-hour take-home exam
In the provocation below, Ansgar Allen argues that projects which aim to reform or 'democratise' assessment practices often conceal, or risk concealing, the fact that the university is manifestly not a democratic institution. The project faces definite constraints: any lecturers involved will, most likely, remain employees answerable to the University and its mechanisms of so-called … Continue reading Provocation: by reforming assessment, do we conceal power relations in the university?