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When is an assignment not an assignment? A case study in using creativity to develop assessment methods.

Williamson, Keren 2007. When is an assignment not an assignment? A case study in using creativity to develop assessment methods. Presented at: Creativity or conformity? Building cultures of creativity in Higher Education, Cardiff, UK, 8-9 January 2007.

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The combined, final year module of the Radiotherapy and Oncology and the Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging degrees is specific to management issues within healthcare. Students have generally been vociferous in their objection to this module, questioning its relevance and application. Attendance at lectures has been poor, often with less than 50% of the group present. In an attempt to address this issue, creative methods of delivering the subject area were introduced, applying real life and profession specific examples to underpin and assimilate relevant management theory. A similar ethos for creativity was applied to methods of assessment. The resultant outcome has been encouraging and rewarding for both students and lecturers involved in delivery of the module. Attendance improved to near 100% with enthusiastic student participation in activities and discussion. The outcome of the assessment was also positive with students demonstrating an unequivocal understanding and synthesis of real life issues and theoretical concepts. Introducing innovation and creativity into established practices and cultures takes commitment and courage but students are generally receptive to change when they are informed and involved in the processes that affect them.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:59

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