The DFT's Role in Governance
Digital assessment is an evolving field with a growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy and authenticity of utilising digital tools to enhance feedback and student engagement. A shift is taking place from summative (traditional, high stakes) exams to embedded formative feedback systems. This change forms a significant transition from the testing of retained knowledge and an ability to deal with exam stress, to effective applications of skills and demonstrations of competency. While many e-proctoring (digital) solutions exist, they are costly and ultimately not foolproof.
The PVC Digital Futures (opens in a new window), in his capacity as Chair of Senate Assessment Committee, is leading a review of current practices with a view to using emergent technologies to encourage students to better demonstrate learning outcomes through authentic, scalable assessment at the University.
The Learning and Teaching Technologies (LaTTe) Advisory Group provides connectivity between the strategic role of Education Committee; ITDS and academic units to ensure the needs of learning and teaching (and research) drive technological deployment. The Pro Vice Chancellor (Digital Futures) sponsors the meeting on behalf of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Academic), and provides a direct link to the Senate and the University Executive, where decisions about learning and teaching directions and the allocation of funds and resources to support innovation in teaching practices are ratified.
Terms of Reference
In line with strategies outlined in Securing Success (opens in a new window), LaTTe will:
Provide expert advice
Explore specific requirements and assess the best solution
The Advisory Group will seek and consider advice from academic areas and expert practitioners, internally and externally as to education-driven technology needs and how these could be best met (e.g: LaTTe may establish an Expert Reference Group to ascertain academic need to inform its work);
Guide the strategic directions and use of learning technologies
Provide consistent review mechanisms of learning technologies
Provide expert recommendations to Governance committees within the University
Contact Lynnae Venaruzzo, the Chair of LaTTe via email.