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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