The main focus of the training will be on how to use assessment of and more importantly, for learning. In addition we will explore forms of assessment for learning, and assessment methods for the more creative and diverse forms of learning outcomes which arise when using teaching and learning methodologies such as cooperative learning in diverse groups of students. Participants will explore how broader skill sets can be assessed and how intercultural approaches and blended learning can give rise to a wider skill set of intercultural competencies and creativity and how these might be assessed.
In addition there will be an opportunity to examine some of the more flexible applications for assessment and how a broader range of judgements can be utilised.
The training will be active and participants will try out different cooperative learning methods and discuss most suitable assessment methods to reach a diverse group of learners.
Post course social media will be used to support ongoing development of ideas and group support and feedback.
The target group is schools or organisations which have strategies or core aims of improving learners key competencies including: Co operation, communication, initiative, critical and creative thinking, citizenship, teamwork, provision of cultural capital, problem solving and underpinning core skills and embedding these within the subject curricula. Those interested in topics such as ‘real world’ assessment and differentiated feedback provision. Participants could be teachers at all levels of education from primary, secondary, further and higher education in both academic and vocational areas. Additionally senior managers, head teachers and other educational staff responsible for teaching and learning. Staff responsible for assessing and assessment setting.
Preparation: Participants will be expected to read the course program and pre released reading material before arrival.
That participants learn how to create an inclusive and creative learning environment
That participants get insight into creative cooperative learning strategies.
That participants learn how to provide meaningful and real world assessment opportunities
That participants learn how to create cooperative learning tasks and assessment opportunities in their own subjects
That participants learn new and diverse assessment methods and criteria
That more creative and meaningful feedback methods are considered
Methodology: Learning by doing is our leading principle. This means that the training is organised in such a way that the participants participate and cooperate actively in group work as well as in plenary sessions. The methods introduced will be used actively during the course.
All participants should be able to discuss and present in English language.
Outcomes: Participants will have the necessary awareness and skills to implement creative assessment methods and will have experienced associated feedback provision practice. They should have reached a position of confidence in preparation of assessments for learning and should be able to consider the assessment of creativity.
Follow up: On return to their home locations participants will try out the different approaches with their learners and share their experience and material with other participants through social media. The main trainer will also give feedback and counselling through the same platform if asked for.
Cherry Hopton. Cherry Hopton is a Sociologist, teacher and teacher trainer. She has worked in both the English and Scottish education system teaching mainly undergraduate students in the subjects sociology and criminology. In recent years she has engaged in a range of European research projects in the area of anti racism, co operative learning and intercultural education. Now she works for ICI, mainly as teachers trainer and as part of our European project team.
Guðrún Pétursdóttir. Guðrún is a Sociologist, teacher and teacher trainer. She finished her master’s degree in sociology from the Freie Universität Berlin in year 1990. Besides sociology she also studied intercultural education at the Institut für interkulturelle Erziehung at the same university and later finished the teacher’s qualification at the University of Iceland. For the last 20 years Guðrún has worked in different fields connected with migration issues and teachers training and has since 2003 ran the intercultural centre InterCultural Iceland (www.ici.is). She taught courses at the Teachers University during the years 2003-2009. She is the author of three books: Intercultural education (1999), Everyone can do something nobody can do everything; a practical handbook for teachers (2003) and Diverse Society Diverse Classrooms; Critical, Creative, Cooperative and Interculturally Competent Learners and Teachers Ready for the 21st Century (2018)