Developing a guiding protocol for the moderation of summative assessments

McGuire, W. and Raaper, R. (2016) Developing a guiding protocol for the moderation of summative assessments. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 4(1), pp. 36-43. (doi:10.14297/jpaap.v4i1.197)

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Abstract

According to literature, assessment moderation is a process for assuring ‘valid, fair and reliable’ assessment outcomes but also consistency of applied marking criteria. While being an important area in assessment, moderation is often referred as an ‘under researched area of higher education’. The School of Education in the University of Glasgow, like many other academic units in the UK and internationally, adopts a range of approaches to moderating assessment within any one programme and across programmes. By drawing on a small-scale study carried out in academic year 2014/2015, this article introduces the ways course leaders and markers from the School of Education experience moderation practices and their own roles within this process. The paper argues that both groups experience assessment moderation as being a diverse and often problematic part of assessment that requires time and collegial support. Furthermore, their detailed suggestions for institutional and practice level improvements will be highlighted. When exploring and analysing the research findings, the paper draws on recent scholarly work on social moderation and the development of communities of practice in assessment.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGuire, Mr William and Raaper, Miss Rille
Authors: McGuire, W., and Raaper, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy Policy and Practice
Journal Name:Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
Publisher:Edinburgh Napier University
ISSN:2051-9788
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
First Published:First published in Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 4(1):36-43
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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