Interactive oral assessments – an alternative approach to assessing students’ learning

Amita Krautloher, Marie-Louise Craig (Presenter), Marcelle Droulers (Presenter), Karthika Krishna Pillai (Presenter)

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Assessments are vital to student learning (Boud & Falchikov, 2005) and yet a challenging area in higher education (Boud et al., 2010). Increasingly assessments are seen to be a key factor in preparing students for work and life rather than just tools for measuring student learning (Boud & Falchikov, 2005). With the federal government’s focus on ‘job-ready graduates’ (DESE, 2021), it is essential to strengthen the connection between assessments at university and the workplace. Authentic assessments mimic real life scenarios and offer a better way for academics to assess students’ knowledge and skills (Tumlos-Castillo et al., 2021), and enhance students’ engagement, learning and employability skills (Villaroel et al., 2018). Interactive Oral Assessment (IOA) (Sotiriadou et al., 2019) is an authentic assessment method where students can verbally demonstrate their knowledge in a simulated workplace setting, that they are likely to encounter in their professions. Further, such scenario-based conversation offers academics the opportunity to assess students’ knowledge and skills that may not be easily assessable via formal assessment approaches such as; examinations, multiple-choice questions, or essay and reports. This approach to assessment is proven to enhance students’ engagement, employability, and academic integrity (Sotiriadou et al., 2019). In this session three academics will present their journey of embedding IOAs in their subjects. They will talk about their students’ experience and outcomes, as well as share their personal experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021
EventCharles Sturt Edx 2021: Connecting in a disrupted world - online
Duration: 17 Nov 202119 Nov 2021 (Conference program) (YouTube links to sessions (Days 1-3 down right hand side under CS EdX 2021 Sessions))


ConferenceCharles Sturt Edx 2021
Abbreviated titleConnecting in a disrupted world
OtherOur learning and teaching conference this year is happening online from 17-19 November. The event will run from 9:30am to 1:00pm each day and will also incorporate some on campus activity on day two providing additional ways for people to connect. We invite you to reflect on, share ideas, experiences and practice of how we connect in a continually disrupted world aligned to four streams:

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