Dr Gwyneth Hughes: Is competition good for learning? Exploring ipsative assessment as an alternative.

This video can be seen alongside others from the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Open Lecture series and annual conferences on theĀ EDU Vimeo channel.

Ipsative assessment is a powerful and under-used approach that provokes a radical rethink of the purposes and methods of assessment. Ipsative assessment means making comparisons with a learner’s previous work to mark progress and enable learners from all backgrounds to achieve a personal best. This presentation makes the case for partially replacing highly competitive assessment with ipsative assessment in a dual systems approach, and it explores the possibilities and the practical challenges using examples from case studies.

Dr Gwyneth Hughes is Reader in Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London where she leads and teachers on Masters programmes in higher education and supervises doctoral students. She led a three year JISC funded research project: Assessment Careers: learning pathways through assessment (ioe.ac.uk/assessmentcareers). She is on the editorial board for the journal London Review of Education. She has published widely on learning and teaching in higher education and her latest book Ipsative Assessment: Motivation through marking progress was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

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