Active discussion groups on assessment and sharing of best practices

Closing Session hosted by the EuroClio Staff

During the last session, we will host separate breakout rooms on the four topics of the pre-recorded sessions. Participants will be able to join one or more rooms, to discuss their thoughts about the topic at hand. In the second half of the session, we will host a sharing of best assessment practices in the form of a virtual poster marketplace or speed dating exercise, depending on the amount of participants.

Participation Fee and Structure

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge. The webinar series will consist of three live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

The ethical implications of assessing values and attitudes

Keynote Lecture hosted by Prof. TAN Oon Seng – Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

During this session, hosted by Prof. TAN Oon Seng, we will focus on how to assess students’ values and attitudes, and on its ethical implications. In particular, we will be talking about assessing values and attitudes in the history classroom, both in theory and in practice.

The keynote lecture would be followed by a short Q&A and sharing session, with a question prepared to guide the conversation.

This session will take place, live, on zoom. To ensure the safety of the sharing space, we will not record this session.

Participation Fee and Structure

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge. The webinar series will consist of three live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions.

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

The use of rubrics and features of quality in assessment

Hosted by Anthony Malone and Majella Dempsey (Maynooth University)

In this session, we will focus on the use of rubrics. Anthony and Majella will introduce us to what kind of rubrics are available for teacher, how to design your own rubric, and how to use rubrics to assess each student in a way that fits their personal needs.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 11 August 2021.

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

Using the Council of Europe Competence Butterfly for assessment

Hosted by Ann-Laure Liéval (EuroClio Ambassador and Board Member) and Benny Christensen (EuroClio Ambassador)

In 2016, the Council of Europe issued the “Competences for Democratic Culture”, a document which highlights various competences and skills that we should help our students develop to be active and engaged citizens. This session will focus on how to use the “butterfly” (a visual organizer that shows what the Competences for Democratic Culture are) to design assessment.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 04 August 2021.

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

Improving the learning process with formative assessment

Hosted by Ute Ackermann Boeros (EuroClio Ambassador and Board Member).

Assessment is sometimes seen as a negative, and as judging, rather than a tool for development and improvement. This session will be focused on how to use assessment as a tool to improve the learning process. In addition, we will focus also on how to keep the assessment process open enough, so that students can understand the benefits? In other words, how to not treat formative assessment as a secret.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 28 July 2021.

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

Online formative assessment

Hosted by Sally Thorne (The Historical Association) and Simone Beale (co-founder of the History Teacher Book Club).

In the past year and a half, most of our teaching practice has been transferred online, including assessment. Despite the slow return to in-person teaching, it looks like online lessons and online assessment are here to stay. In this pre-recorded session, we will present some tools and practical tips and tricks to carry out online formative assessment.

This session will be pre-recorded by EuroClio and published on our YouTube channel on 21 July 2021.

Would you like to be notified once the video will be uploaded?

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

A EuroClio Webinar Series on Assessment

If there is one thing that we at EuroClio have learned during the past few years, it is that assessment is a rather complex and multifaceted part of (history and citizenship) education, and that not all teachers feel equipped for and comfortable to assess their students when it comes to formative assessment in the context of topics that might be controversial or sensitive for some of them (see, for example, the Needs Assessment carried out in 2017-2018 within the Learning to Disagree Project). At the same time, during the plenary workshop on assessment that took place in November 2020, all participants agreed that assessment is a key part of (history and citizenship) education.

Many things affect how assessment may be followed out, such as time constraints, diverse classrooms, online formats and the space left for skills and competences. How to carry out assessment in order to benefit the learning process of each individual student?

This webinar series, blending pre-recorded and live sessions, will try to tackle some of these topics, to kick-start a discussion on where we stand when it comes to assessment, and how we can develop new approaches to assessment that are better suited to fulfil not only our needs as educators, but also our students’ needs.

A very special blended format

The ‘Assessment’ webinar series consists of seven sessions, taking place in the summer of 2021, starting July 13 until August 25. The first session will be held live on zoom, followed by four pre-recorded, practical sessions which will be periodically uploaded on our Youtube page. Everything will be followed by a live keynote lecture and a live closing session, where participants will have the possibility to meet the speakers and to share their own experiences. The programme will open with a session on the relationship between creativity and assessment. During this session, we will also explore the connections between state exams and the creativity of students and teachers. During the following four pre-recorded sessions, assessment will be looked at from different perspectives, while providing tips and tricks for good practices.

Participants will be presented tools and methodologies to:

The pre-recorded sessions will be followed by a keynote lecture on the ethical implications of assessing values and attitudes. The keynote lecture will be hosted by Prof. TAN Oon Seng (Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD) at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). Followed by this, a short Q&A session will take place, as well as an opportunity for participants to share their initial thoughts and hopes about the coming sessions. 

The series will end with an live interactive session, where participants will discuss their thoughts about the dedicated sessions with their peers and the designated speakers. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their personal reflections, tips and insights on assessment. 

What will you learn?

During the webinar series, you will:

  • Understand the role that attitudes and values play in learning about historical events and how to consider these in assessment;
  • Investigate the tensions between central exams, curriculum constraints, and assessing skills and competences;
  • Exchange experiences and thoughts about victories and failures of assessment practices;
  • Learn about formative assessment as a way to update learning to promote positive development.

 

 

(1) In 2016, the Council of Europe issued the “Competences for Democratic Culture”, a document which highlights various competences and skills that we should help our students develop to be active and engaged citizens. The butterfly the “butterfly” is a visual organizer that shows what the Competences for Democratic Culture are.

By registering, you will be added to a mailing list which will receive the links to join the live sessions, as well as direct links, updates, and additional material (if applicable) every time a pre-recorded session is made available online.

Participation to this series is free of charge.

Contact us!

Do you want to know more about this webinar series? Do you have a great assessment method that you would like to share with your colleagues? Have you recently read a book / listened to a podcast about assessment, which you want to recommend to your colleagues?

Let us know by emailing us at secretariat@euroclio.eu!

Do Exams kill Creativity?

Hosted by Ilona De Haas – ECSWE and Niko Ginter – History Educator

The project “Personalised and Formative Assessment Practices Supporting School and Learner Development” is currently collecting practices on  innovative and formative assessment methods, to answer the question: how can the unfolding of the unique potential of each and every child/youngster through contextualised, individualised, participatory assessment processes that give learners a feeling of agency and self-efficacy be best supported?

Niko Ginter is a history educator and former representative for the European Council of Steiner/Waldorf Education (ECSWE) for Austria. As part of his history program, he developed a simulation-experience for his class 10 history course.  The “Game of Ginter” as it was called by his students developed over time to be a vital part of the school’s upper school program and proved to be quite successful in engaging students in their own learning process.

Students did several self- and peer assessments and participated in countless ways in this game. Our webinar will bring you a bit closer to this innovative and highly engaging method of teaching history. As with many good practice examples, there is also a way of looking at students’ progress and defining learning outcomes that are part of this unique approach.

Steiner Schools already have a unique learning experience through the invention of the main lesson. Throughout the year students can engage in subjects that are the main focus for a period of three to four weeks. It allows for a very intense learning experience to take place in a very compact form. Most of the subjects profit highly from this kind of experience. Languages and Mathematics have additional weekly hours in the schedule.

The “game” is also part of Nikolaus’s recent script “Living Education” that should be released as a book later this year.

We would invite you to talk with us about this experience and the ideas behind the simulation experience.

This session will take place, live, on zoom. To ensure the safety of the sharing space, we will not record this session.

Participation Fee and Structure

Participation to this webinar series is free of charge. The webinar series will consist of three live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions.

 

We would like to thank our Individual Members for their support in developing this webinar series. The topic has been selected based on input from all members, and the recordings of our sessions are (partially) supported through individual membership fees.

If you would like to see more webinar series like this, please consider joining us as Individual Member!

 

“AfL: A secondary school perspective with Nicky Hagendyk (EAS) & Gwen Steel” – Podcast Review

Rebecca Jackson Reviews , ,

We are kicking off the new thematic month at EuroClio in tandem with our upcoming webinar series Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment. We recommend this short podcast episode from the South East Wales Education Achievement Service (EAS) as a primer to some of the questions EuroClio will be asking and trying to answer throughout the month.

The topic of assessment in education comes with many different practices, methodologies, and terminologies. This particular podcast focuses on “Assessment for Learning” (AFL), an approach to teaching and learning that creates feedback which is then used to improve students’ performance. This practice is normally associated with “formative assessment” which includes questioning and providing feedback to students to help shape their learning journey. This is opposed to summative assessment, which typically focuses on measuring student attainment at the end of a period of learning.

In this ten minute conversation, Nicky Hagendyk from EAS discusses feedback in Assessment for Learning with Gwen Steel, Deputy Headteacher at Cwmbran High School. Steel has a background as a history and humanities teacher, but also many years of experience as a headteacher and therefore has a wider view of assessment in secondary schools across disciplines. 

Steel remarks that especially at the secondary school level, there can be too much focus on summative assessment. AFL, she finds, is crucial to a successful student learning journey, assessing not just the knowledge from class but also how students apply that knowledge and skills in different contexts. The method should be applied by teachers carefully and thoughtfully, for example planning the questions they will ask throughout the lesson in advance, instead of asking spontaneously. 

Hagendyk questions how best to implement such assessment practices across a school, when each subject has its own unique curriculum, methodologies and practices, and teachers are already very short on time to be trying out new strategies. In Steel’s experience, good guidance and clear communication for teachers was a key to success, for example thoughtful and non-judgemental feedback after a classroom observation from a colleague. Time was also needed for everything to settle in and to ensure teachers were not immediately overburdened. This allowed the AFL model to be applied thoughtfully and with purpose in the school, instead of just one or two strategies adapted ad hoc and ineffectively. 

Steel also gives some reading and author recommendations: Dylan William, a key figure in the field of formative assessment; John Hattie’s book Visible Learning; Daisy Christodoulou’s Making Good Progress?: The future of Assessment for Learning; and Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion.We recommend giving this podcast a quick listen. For those interested to learn more, EAS currently has seven other podcast episodes about AFL, which are collected into a series on their Soundcloud page. These episodes are also relatively short in length, about ten to fifteen minutes per episode.