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Modern Learning Assessment

New Zealand schools' future-focused vision for learning needs future-focused assessment, with a strong emphasis on student agency.

This programme focuses on developing in-depth understanding and application of the pedagogy of modern learning and the implications for assessment. Participants will explore the context for change, identify connections between theoretical frameworks and classroom strategies and shape assessment practice based on current research.

Start date and length of programme

The programme begins the week commencing Monday 1 May 2017, and runs for 20 weeks. To register, click the green register button to the right.

Online session times

The online group sessions will always run outside of school hours, between Monday and Thursday (not Fridays). Sometimes sessions could run in the evening, but this depends on the size of the group in which the facilitator may ask and seek general agreement.

Investment

The cost is $830 per person. A discount of 20% applies for groups of 5+ people from the same school or centre.  All prices exclude GST.

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Who is this for

This course is intended for educators who have embraced the concepts of modern learning practice and are exploring relevant approaches to assessment.

Format

20 week course divided into four modules (5 weeks per module).

3-5 professional learning hours per week.

Each module will look like this:

Week 1 synchronous online session to explore the module content and discuss the main themes.

Weeks 2-3 — complete a task, supported by online resources and discussions and contributed to by the facilitators.

Week 4-5 — group feedback and reflection via an online conference and completion of the module.

Access to the resources will remain open to participants until the end of the year in which the course is undertaken.

The participants collaborate together throughout the programme.

Modules

The course will be made up of four modules, each five weeks long:

Module 1: Why assess? Participants will explore the evolution of assessment and its relationship with purpose and practice. 

Module 2: Reform and change — Participants will explore the changes in the modern learning landscape and the reasons to rethink assessment practices in this new context.

Module 3: Alignment — Investigate the opportunities for aligning modern learning practice and assessment.

Module 4: Vision and framework for action — Participants will explore ways to implement modern learning assessment practice into their educational context.

Facilitators

Carolyn English 

Carolyn English is CORE's Professional Learning Services Manager. Carolyn's key strength is strategic leadership, focusing on valued outcomes, improvement, and cohesion. Her work supports organisations to target resources, build capacity, and improve outcomes for young people.
Email: carolyn.english@core-ed.org 
Phone: 021 227 6581

Outcomes

Participants will:

  • understand the evolution of assessment, why we assess and the purposes it serves
  • use their understanding of the contextual drivers of change in pedagogy and curriculum in order to critically evaluate current assessment practices 
  • align assessment practices with effective pedagogy 
  • enact strategies for empowering learners to be assessment-capable, active learners who can articulate their own ongoing progress and their next learning steps.
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