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    How convincing is alternative assessment for use in higher education?

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    The current preference for alternative assessment has been partly stimulated by recent evidence on learning which points to the importance of students' active engagement in the learning process. While alternative assessment may well fulfil the aims of formative assessment, its value in the summative assessment required in higher education is more problematic. If alternative assessment devices are to be used for summative purposes, the validity of alternative assessment has to be considered. The paper argues that task specification and marking consistency in alternative assessment can make comparability of performance difficult to effect, thereby leaving alternative assessment a less than convincing form for use in higher educatio

    Beyond Levels: alternative assessment approaches developed by teaching schools

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    Alternative assessment

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    The purpose of the study was to change the way teachers assess students in the mathematics classroom. The teachers worked to find alternative assessment activities that gave students the opportunity to solve problems related to real-life application, allowing for a greater understanding of topics. The alternative assessment program involved many members of the mathematics department at Gateway Regional High School. Teachers were surveyed about alternative assessment before and after they used alternative assessment in the classroom. The conclusions of the study accomplished the goal of making teachers aware of alternative assessment and how it can be implemented into the classroom to make students independent thinkers

    Squaring the circle: a new alternative to alternative-assessment

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    Many quality assurance systems rely on high-stakes assessment for course certification. Such methods are not as objective as they might appear; they can have detrimental effects on student motivation and may lack relevance to the needs of degree courses increasingly oriented to vocational utility. Alternative assessment methods can show greater formative and motivational value for students but are not well suited to the demands of course certification. The widespread use of virtual learning environments and electronic portfolios generates substantial learner activity data to enable new ways of monitoring and assessing students through Learning Analytics. These emerging practices have the potential to square the circle by generating objective, summative reports for course certification while at the same time providing formative assessment to personalise the student experience. This paper introduces conceptual models of assessment to explore how traditional reliance on numbers and grades might be displaced by new forms of evidence-intensive student profiling and engagement

    An Earth Science Scrapbook Project as an Alternative Assessment Tool

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    "Scrapbooking" is a popular hobby and as such, has found its way into educational settings, primarily in middle and elementary school levels. This article describes a scrapbook project that is used both as a means of demonstrating the connections between geology and students' daily lives and as an alternative form of assessment. The project was developed for an introductory Earth Science class for middle school and high school pre-service teachers. Educational levels: Graduate or professional

    Working Paper 09-09 - Alternative assessment of Belgian competitiveness

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    This paper investigates graphically and econometrically the relationship between the relative positions, in terms of value added and relative prices, of Belgian manufacturing and market services in the European Union over 1970-2005. Relative prices are then decomposed into relative unit costs of factors of production. The analysis goes further by replacing relative unit labour cost with relative hourly wages and relative productivity. Finally, relative produc-tivity is replaced with relative capital deepening, relative labour composition effect and relative total factor productivity. All data are coming from the EUKLEMS database, March 2008 release.Relative position, Relative unit costs, Relative prices, TFP

    Alternative Assessment in Engineering Language Education: The case of the Technical University of Madrid

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    This article describes a research project involving students from nine different engineering degrees at the Technical university of Madrid. The purpose of the project was to analyze the use of peer and self assessment and the students? attitudes toward alternative assessment procedures

    Response to comment on 'Amphibian fungal panzootic causes catastrophic and ongoing loss of biodiversity'

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    Lambert et al. question our retrospective and holistic epidemiological assessment of the role of chytridiomycosis in amphibian declines. Their alternative assessment is narrow and provides an incomplete evaluation of evidence. Adopting this approach limits understanding of infectious disease impacts and hampers conservation efforts. We reaffirm that our study provides unambiguous evidence that chytridiomycosis has affected at least 501 amphibian species

    Alternative Assessment in Speech Communication

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    This article aims to promote alternative assessment in the field of speech communication. Speech communication departments in a number of colleges and universities have adopted alternative practices as they have developed their assessment programs. For example, the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City examined and redesigned their curriculum so that students were required to show competence in interpersonal communication, critical thinking, language use, leadership, reading, research, public speaking, cultural appreciation, writing, decision making, theoretical understanding, and ethical/philosophical appreciation. Clearly, developing and implementing alternative assessment strategies is time consuming and costly. First, alternative assessment more fully meets the demand for accountability. It focuses upon tasks that require thoughtfulness and understanding. With the assistance of the national associations, individual departments can then tailor assessments to meet their needs

    Portfolios as an alternative assessment

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    During the past decade, there has been a shift in paradigms by educational reformers to provide a more authentic means of student assessment in our schools. These assessments need to be multidimensional and provide a more accurate picture of students\u27 abilities. The portfolio is one type of alternative assessment that has proven to do this. This paper discusses the use of portfolios with a group of ninth grade students enrolled in an English course. These portfolios were a systematic collection of the students\u27 work to demonstrate how (1) they have developed and grown academically and (2) how their attitudes and beliefs have become clearer or changed through their academic experiences. Criteria and recommendations for implementing educational portfolios at the high school level are provided
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