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Evaluative judgement, defined as “the capability to make decisions about the quality of one’s own work and that of others” is a critical concept in assessment and feedback. Without an ability to recognise and judge work quality (in their discipline specific context), students are unlikely to be able to produce it for themselves either at University or beyond where formal assessment does not occur. Evaluative judgement also underpins students’ capacity to engage in feedback conversations through a better understanding of standards, which is critical to learning.

Building students’ evaluative capacity is an implicit outcome in many university courses, but how can we more explicitly and systematically pursue this crucial lifelong learning outcome both within courses and across programs?

Join us as Dr Joanna Tai and Associate Professor Phillip Dawson discuss scaffolding students to discern quality, foster judgement processes through assessment and feedback activities.

Registrations are essential as a catered morning tea will be provided following the session at 10:45am. 


Associate Professor Phillip Dawson is Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning. Phil’s assessment research interests include feedback; digital threats to academic integrity; academics’ assessment design thinking; and learning analytics. He also has a research background in mentoring; peer learning and higher education pedagogy. A/Prof Dawson holds a PhD in Higher Education and a first-class honours degree in Computer Science. He also has over a decade of university teaching experience and he has been awarded multiple Vice-Chancellor’s awards and a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. This equips him to hack online exams; bring together vast bodies of research to answer practical questions; and work with educators and students to understand what works for them, and why. View Phillip's profile

Dr Joanna Tai is a Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Research, Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). Her research interests include student perspectives on learning and assessment, 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 sits on the Committee of Management 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. View Joanna's profile



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