Keynote Speaker: Joanna Tai

Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Assessment for diversity in the post-digital world

There is no argument that assessment in higher education must serve multiple purposes: assessment must assure that learning outcomes are met, promote students’ learning, and equip them for the future beyond the university. While the pandemic has challenged educators to assess differently, it has also highlighted some of the inequities that diverse students face in assessment in higher education. How can we be sure that our assessments are serving all our students equitably, and that these diverse students will be prepared for their futures?

In this keynote, I will explore the ways in which diversity has and has not been accounted for within assessment to date, and the assessment experiences of diverse students. I will then use the concept of authentic assessment in a post-digital world as a lens to identify productive areas for action, both in assessment research and practice.


Joanna Tai is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. Her interests include student experiences of learning and assessment from university to the workplace, peer-assisted learning, feedback and assessment literacy, developing capacity for evaluative judgement, and research synthesis.

Joanna is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, co-convenor of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Assessment and Measurement SIG, and is Treasurer for the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professions Education. Her doctoral work won the Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) inaugural PhD prize in 2016. She has a background in medicine and health professions education.

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