The value of a Community of Practice in the subject design process when embedding Interactive Oral Assessments

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This paper shares insights gained from members of a Community of Practice (CoP) who jointly designed and developed Interactive Oral Assessments (IOAs) for their online subjects in the first half of 2021 as part of a broader institutional project to improve online assessment practice across a multi-campus regional NSW university. Meetings of the CoP were conducted virtually to allow geographically dispersed staff to participate in and benefit from the sessions. The main aim of the CoP was to design online assessments that promote academic integrity and reflect authentic graduates’ practice. The CoP members implemented new assessment regimes, tasks and rubrics for their respective subjects involved in the initiative and developed a suite of resources for future staff interested in trialling this approach. The outcomes highlight the value of a dedicated CoP in supporting academics to successfully embed a new assessment approach, and for encouraging uptake across the university courses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBack to the Future ASCILITE 2021
Subtitle of host publication38th International Conference on innovation, practice and research in the use of educational technologies in tertiary education
Place of PublicationArmidale, NSW, Australia
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2021
EventBack to the Future – ASCILITE ‘21: 38th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - University of New England, Armidale, Australia
Duration: 29 Nov 202101 Dec 2021 (Conference website) (Proceedings)


ConferenceBack to the Future – ASCILITE ‘21
Abbreviated titleBack to the Future
OtherThe ASCILITE 2021 conference will be held at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. The event will be accessible in hybrid mode with face-to-face and virtual attendance supported.

It will run from Monday the 29th of November to the 1st of December 2021. Conference related information is now being added to the conference website as it becomes available, including key dates related to submissions, registrations and other important activities.
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