Dr. Alison Shreeve, Buckinghamshire New University
Assessment in art and design is a contested issue, and that is only the academic’s viewpoint! Recent debates have highlighted the importance of assessment for learning and the need to develop appropriate assessment formats to ensure that learning can be properly evaluated.
Research in other disciplines has shown that students need to engage with the assessment process, particularly in developing an understanding of assessment criteria and in written feedback post assessment (Price et al). What kinds of opportunities are there in art and design to enable students to do this and how can we ensure that our students are helped to understand the assessment process and will use assessment as opportunities to learn?
Although the answers to these questions are probably dependent on local course cultures and disciplinary practices, Alison will take this opportunity to explore what students have said about assessment and explore the conclusions that might be drawn from these viewpoints. In addition to this Alison will offer an insight into two more recent practices which have helped students and tutors at the University of the Arts to improve their assessment experience.
Alison Shreeve is currently Head of School of Design, Craft and Visual Arts at Bucks New University. Between 2005 -2010 she was the Director of Creative Learning in Practice Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CLIP CETL) at the University of the Arts London. The centre was one of 74 CETLs which were designed to raise the profile of teaching and learning in Higher Education in England. CLIP CETL developed knowledge and understanding of innovative and effective teaching in creative arts and created a wider awareness of these through development activities.
A teacher in embroidered textiles for over 20 years, Alison has a Masters in Art Education and a PhD in Educational Research from Lancaster University. Research interests include the student and tutor experience in creative arts higher education. She has published articles in international journals and contributed to books relating to the HE sector. She is associate editor of the journal Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education and a National Teaching Fellow