The Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Education Committee and the Assessment and Feedback Working Group invites you to a presentation by Professor Tansy Jessop (Southampton Solent University).
‘Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment’ (TESTA) is a research and change process which provides large-scale evidence of the impact of modular degrees on student learning. Programme teams in more than 50 UK universities have used TESTA as a catalyst for more coherent and connected curriculum design, building on well-established assessment principles. TESTA has engendered a culture shift among programme teams, particularly a stronger conceptual and pedagogical awareness of formative assessment. In an instrumental culture where the grade matters most, formative assessment is under-theorised and tentatively practised. The session will explore examples of how programmes have designed meaningful formative tasks which engage students, and help them learn. It will highlight cyclical feedback design practices which have come about through TESTA, and provide some elixirs for curing student confusion about goals and standards.
Tansy Jessop is Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Southampton Solent University. She believes passionately in the capacity of assessment to transform the student learning experience. Her leadership of the 'Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment', the TESTA project, has crystallised the benefits of taking a programme view of assessment. Tansy's interest in student learning is driven by democratic and participatory approaches to pedagogy. She began her career as a secondary school teacher in South Africa, completing a PhD on teacher development in rural KwaZulu-Natal. She has published on social justice in education, narrative inquiry, learning spaces and assessment and feedback. Tansy is a National Teaching Fellow.