Schrijftaken goed beoordelen, hoe pak je dat het beste aan?

 

Tine Van Reeth, Elies Ghysebrechts & Jolien Polus, o.l.v. Jan T’Sas

 

Iedereen kent het beeld van een leraar die zich zuchtend doorheen een stapel essays worstelt. Elk werkstuk objectief beoordelen is een hele klus. Hoe quoteer je bijvoorbeeld schrijftaken die inhoudelijk sterk zijn, maar vol spelfouten staan? Vaak ook hebben leraren een verschillend idee van wat een goed essay precies inhoudt. Wat de ene een vlotte schrijfstijl noemt, vindt de andere te informeel. In het kader van onze specifieke lerarenopleiding hebben wij in dat verband een mini-onderzoek opgezet. We vergeleken de gangbare beoordelingsmethode op basis van criteria met een alternatieve methode op basis van comparatief beoordelen. Onze conclusie? Schrijftaken door meerdere leraren laten beoordelen verhoogt de objectiviteit aanzienlijk. 0-1 voor D-PAC.

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Goed nieuws vanuit ‘slechtnieuwscommunicatie’

Masterstudenten meertalige professionele communicatie aan de Universiteit Antwerpen zijn lovend over ons digitale platform D-PAC om competenties comparatief te beoordelen: “We kunnen onze eigen competentie beter inschatten én krijgen door de voorbeelden van anderen inspiratie om onze tekst te herwerken”. Via peer-assessment beoordeelden 80 studenten – in twee groepen – de kwaliteit van elkaars slechtnieuwsbrieven en gaven ze elkaar feedback.  Dat gebeurde in de context van blended learning.

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Feedback op kunstwerken via een live app

‘Onze studenten zelf laten ervaren hoe bezoekers hun creaties ervaren, welke observaties zij maken, hoe zij hun werk gewaarworden; dat is het doel van onze Black Box-tentoonstelling’, zo vertelt Gio De Weerd, directeur van de Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Lier. Met onze online tool om competenties te beoordelen zag hij kansen om deze doelstelling op een innovatieve manier te realiseren. Bezoekers liepen met de app van D-PAC door de tentoonstelling. Ze vergeleken steeds twee kunstwerken met elkaar, kozen hun favoriet en gaven beide studenten feedback.

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Which video is better? D-PAC allows educators to assess videos in an easy and credible way

Different types of media such as video, audio, or images are increasingly used for the assessment of students’ competences. However, as they allow for a large variation in performance between students, the process of grading is rather difficult. The online tool D-PAC aims to support educators in the assessment of video and images. In D-PAC, students can easily upload their work in any media type (text, audio, image, video), after which the work is presented in randomly selected pairs to the assessors. The only task for assessors is to choose which one of the two is best, using their own expertise. Assessors find it easy to make such comparative judgements because they are not forced to score each work on a (long) list of criteria. Each work is presented multiple times to multiple assessors, resulting in a scale in which students’ worked is ranked according to its quality.

 

‘Working with D-PAC was really easy and fast.’

Ivan Waumans, KDG University College

Recently, D-PAC has been used in a Bachelor Multimedia and Communication Technology for the assessment of students’ animation skills. Students received an audio fragment of the radio play by ‘Het Geluidshuis’ and had to accompany it with animation. A group of 9 assessors evaluated the quality of the animations. The assessors differed in background and expertise: 3 people from Het Geluidshuis, 2 expert animators, 2 alumni students, and 2 teachers.

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Using D-PAC for CV-screening

Comparative judgement is nowadays predominantly used in the educational domain. The D-PAC team aims to explore CJ’s strengths beyond this realm, for example in the recruitment and selection domain. Therefore, we conducted a try-out investigating whether or not D-PAC was successful when applied to CV-screening. Consequently we partnered with Hudson (http://be.hudson.com – a human resources consultancy company) using a received job opening from a client. Forty-two CV’s were received and D-PAC was used with 7 assessors to compare the CV’s. Assessors also provided pairwise feedback to justify each choice. The main questions were related to reliability and validity: (1) how reliable is the D-PAC assessment on CV screening with expert assessors (if the assessment would be performed again, how strongly will the ranking resemble the current one)? And (2) do all assessors look at the same and relevant criteria of the CV’s in relation to the job ad (validity)?

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Peer assessment in D-PAC reduces workload for tutors!

A group of 91 students second bachelor of the University of Hasselt in the track physiotherapy had the following task at the end of this year:

    - They had to formulate a clinical research question based on their experience as a physiotherapist;
    - Then they searched for a relevant scientific paper and formulated an answer to the research question based on the article.
    - At last they had to evaluate the article and point out the strengths and weaknesses of their study.

Normally all these papers are evaluated by one or two tutors. These tutors judge the paper by giving a ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ and provided feedback. You can imagine, this results in a substantial workload, especially when more than one task per student needs to be marked.

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Testimonial professor architecture

The next film is a testimony of an architecture professor who used D-AC for a peer assessment of mood boards. Because the movie is in Dutch, you can read a short summary of the main findings.


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SOS scoring ‘briefing notes’? College of Europe Bruges tried D-PAC!

In the last months, several D-PAC try-outs have run. In these try-outs, assessments are set up in diverse organizations. For the organizations, the aim is to experiment with D-PAC. For us as a team, the try-outs are valuable to gain information on different aspects of D-PAC: the user-friendliness of the tool, how the tool can be embedded in real life situations and on how information out of D-PAC is used.

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