DADA: A toolkit to design and develop alternative assessment.

  • Ms Kate Lister, Manager for accessibility and inclusive practice, Open University,
  • Mr Ben Watson, Accessible Information Adviser, University of Kent.

The session will provide a framework to map assessment types, identify and develop alternative inclusive assessment formats in line the principles of constructive alignment (Biggs and Tang, 2011). The framework, developed jointly by the Open University, the University of Kent and Advance HE, aims to support academics across disciplines by offering a toolkit, guidance and examples to make informed decisions about assessment design and development. Throughout the session, participants will familiarise with the toolkit and will develop a better understanding of inclusive assessment (Hanesworth et al., 2018; Keating et al., 2012; Waterfield and West, 2006) through activities and discussion.

Topic and Objectives Time
Welcome and getting to know each other 5 min
Presentation of the framework and the pilot project

·         Key terms and rationale

·         Aims and scope of the pilot

·         Resources available

·         Current participants

·         Expression of interest

10 min
Activity – supporting staff in the design a piece of inclusive assessment

Participants will be asked to work in groups. They will be provided with a piece of assessment and other contextual information (what is the assessment for, student population, etc.). They will be asked to give feedback by using the framework and suggestions to improve the assessment in terms of inclusivity.

The aim of the activity is to offer participants a hands-on experience of inclusive design and trigger a reflection on how to guide and provide support to staff involved in designing and developing assessment.

25 min
Feedback and discussion on the activity


15 min
Some exemplars from the pilot

Following the discussion, we will share some exemplars of inclusive assessment from the pilot. By presenting exemplars after the activity and discussion, we will avoid influencing participants and setting a ‘preferred’ standard/model. The aim of the workshop is indeed to elicit ideas and interest in the project and possibly to welcome further participants in the pilot.

10 min
Q&A 10 min



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