Integrating inclusive assessment with inclusive teaching: the ...

Integrating inclusive assessment with inclusive teaching: the ...

Integrating inclusive assessment with inclusive teaching: the SOAS experience and the challenge of choice Angus Lockyer Associate Director Learning Environment and Student Outcomes Carol John Learning Advisor, Disability and Neurodiversity Coordinator Student Advice and Wellbeing The next hour (or less)

the SOAS experience: where we started whats happened (two acts) where we are now the challenge of choice: how do we make assessment inclusive when anything goes? takeaways 2 I. THE SOAS EXPERIENCE 3

starting points reasonable adjustments (Student Advice and Wellbeing) 5,200 students; 3,200 undergraduates 230 study inclusion plans 600 special exam arrangements BME attainment gap (in the classroom)) 2017/18 2016/17 2015/16 15% 17%

31% (London HEIs 34%) institutional context research-intensive culture silos: academics vs? professional services; departments; indivs restructuring: defacultisation; professional services 4 first steps inclusive assessment labs (HEA)

decolonising learning & teaching toolkit (inhouse) unconscious bias training (inhouse) problems: conceptual fragmentation redundancy and time commitment opt-in (usual suspects) 5 inclusive SOAS animating vision: from discrimination, underpinned by unconscious bias, to inclusion, motivated by social justice desired change: from my module to their programme 1. learning outcomes ->

2. inclusive assessment -> 3. inclusive pedagogy -> 4. decolonised curriculum initial intervention: two full-day workshops Day 1: conceptual basics and practical tools Day 2: application remapping assessment; rethinking curricula 6 1. student-centred, programme-level learning outcomes from: do they know whats in my head after this module? to: what can they do at the end of their programme? whats a programme for?

employability (neoliberal? unavoidable) socialisation (neoconservative? traditional academic) social transformation (utopian? critical) 7 2. inclusive assessment principles: programme-level approach students learning journey

diversity of types balanced through years students as partners 3. inclusive pedagogy

Cultivate an Affirmative Environment Centre the student Attention, Affirmation, Warmth High Expectations, Constructive Feedback Voice, Space, Power (ensure distributed equitably) Dialogic space for learning: be accountable / responsive

Enable connections with their own interests, points of identification, pathways, histories Skill them for the things they want to do Enable deep reflection / critical thinking skills Remove opportunities for bias/discrimination

Anonymous marking Mandate important activities (e.g. academic advice) Ensure opportunities are equally accessible Personal / inst mechanisms to address poor behavior, conflict Ensure Accessibility and Transparency Reading and background materials

Set specific and legible assessible tasks Have clear performance expectations Rules and regulations 4. decolonising the curriculum What ideas, debates, traditions, perspectives, vocabularies are considered core? Who are the authoritative

knowers and role models in the syllabus? where we are 5/11 departments (6 next), with priority to those with clearly identified attainment gap / non-continuation issues delivered 5 x day 1s, 2 x day 2s (3 more to go) what happened? 11 12

the $1m question how do we move from one-off interventions to simple routines: how do we incorporate inclusivity into everyday practice, annual workflow questions? 13 II. THE CHALLENGE OF CHOICE 14 what would happen if we really centred the student? the problem with (at least) undergraduate education

do the world and its problems fall into disciplinary containers? is any 18-year-old ready to study one thing? does studying one thing give our students the skills they need? 75% of graduates make no use of their degree Liberal Arts as a solution flexibility: designing your own intellectual journey interdisciplinarity: studying more than one subject reflexivity: learning how to learn employability: thinking critically, complex problems, teamwork 15

BA Global Liberal Arts degree structure track year skills global regional language / open option Y1

Writing Well / Using Numbers guided option guided option guided option Y2 Project Design and Research Methods guided option guided option open option

Y3 Dissertation guided option guided option open option task how would you make assessment inclusive given that almost anything goes? 17 III. TAKEAWAYS

18 wicked problems useful questions? how do we practice inclusivity in an industry built on discrimination? how do we convince academic (and other?) colleagues that they dont have all the answers? how do we encourage people trained as solo contributors (in universities ) to work in teams? how do we centre the student when they dont know what they want? 19

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