Fostering a culture shift in assessment and feedback through TESTA
Fostering a culture shift in assessment and feedback through TESTA (Bite-Sized Good Practice Talk)
Professor Tansy Jessop, Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Southampton Solent University
‘Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment’ (TESTA) is a research and change process which provides large-scale evidence of the impact of modular degrees on student learning. Programme teams in more than 50 UK universities have used TESTA as a catalyst for more coherent and connected curriculum design. TESTA has engendered a culture shift among programme teams, building a stronger conceptual and pedagogical awareness of formative assessment. In an instrumental culture where the grade matters most, formative assessment is under-theorised and tentatively practised. The session will explore examples of how programmes have designed formative tasks which engage students, help them learn, and express key disciplinary ‘ways of knowing and practising’. It will highlight overarching feedback design practices which have come about through TESTA, and provide some elixirs for curing student confusion about goals and standards.
Tansy Jessop is Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Southampton Solent University. She believes passionately in the capacity of assessment to transform the student learning experience. Her leadership of the 'Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment' (TESTA) research project, has crystallised the benefits of taking a programme view of assessment. Tansy's interest in student learning is driven by democratic and participatory approaches to pedagogy. She began her career as a secondary school teacher in South Africa, completing a PhD on teacher development in rural KwaZulu-Natal. She has published on social justice in education, narrative inquiry, learning spaces and assessment and feedback.