Academic autonomy in assessment practice?.

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


    Academics are constantly asked to ‘rethink’ assessment, to innovate, to be more authentic, to provide more formative assessment, more collaborative assessment, more feedback, more of everything. Past and current assessment regimes are deemed no longer fit for purpose, and despite disciplinary research identifying ‘signature’ assessments, pressure for a universal, unquestioned adoption of espoused ‘best practice’ in assessment seems prevalent. Whilst ‘best practice’ efforts have admirable goals, it is important to grasp differences of context, academics’ sense of agency and the juggling of multiple demands that often hinder assessment ‘progress’.

    In this Roundtable I discuss how I have used Autonomy from LCT to better understand both academic perceptions of assessment, and the influences and constraints upon their assessment practices. Through mapping interview responses on the Autonomy plane, I present assessment cultures that emerge from empirical data. Autonomy thus enables a logical, structured means of understanding the many positions academics find themselves in, and the many stances they take in order to deal with these multiple demands in their assessment practice.
    Period22 Apr 2023
    Event titleLCT International Roundtable
    Event typeConference