Professor Sue Bloxham (Cumbria University)
|06 Nov 2013
|Free to attend
Speaking at a recent seminar hosted by the Cambridge Assessment Network, Sue Bloxham, Professor of Academic Practice at the University of Cumbria, explored a mismatch between the policy and practice of assessment judgement in higher education.
Professor Bloxham explained that procedures, to guarantee consistent reliable standards, play a key role in quality assurance. But, she said that the procedures used don’t necessarily match the nature of the way we go about making judgements. For example, we expect assessment to be marked on a criteria base but when we have explored the practical nature of how staff mark, they tend to mark in a holistic way and come to an overall sense of what the work is worth. On the one hand we can say that work is analytically marked, but on the other hand it is difficult to mark analytically using professional judgement.