Master Class: David Boud

Developing evaluative judgement within courses

David Boud, Emeritus Professor University of Technology, Sydney, Australia;  Alfred Deakin Professor and Foundation Director, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Australia; Research Professor, Work and Learning Research Centre, Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences, Middlesex University, London; Editor, Studies in Continuing Education

David BoudWhen students graduate they move into a world in which their work is not assessed in ways experienced in educational institutions. For the most part, they have to judge for themselves whether their own performance (and that of their immediate colleagues) is good enough for the tasks they do. Unfortunately, the conventional assessment practices of universities mostly fail to equip students for what they have to enact for themselves in everyday work.

This session conceptualizes and explores ways in which courses can be designed to develop the capacity of students to make evaluative judgements, that is, to make informed decisions about the quality of their own work and that of others. While a range of familiar activities can be deployed—identifying criteria, self- and peer assessment, feedback, etc.—it is the way in which they are put together across a curriculum that has a useful effect.

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