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The Intersections of Technology and Assessment: Ensuring their Pedagogical Functions

The Intersections of Technology and Assessment: Ensuring their Pedagogical Functions
Organised by Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre

Details of the Event:
Date : 28 September 2023 (Thursday)
Time : 1pm - 2pm
Venue : Learning Lab (RRS 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus, HKU)
Speaker : Dr. Dennis Alonzo, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of New South Wales Sydney
Facilitator : Dr. Lillian Luk, Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre, HKU



Assessment is a context-driven construct, and many factors influence its effectiveness in raising student outcomes. The intersections of technology and assessment are dynamic and constantly evolving, challenging the existing assessment beliefs, perceptions, knowledge, skills, and practices. As new technologies emerge, assessment practices should be adapted to leverage the affordances of technologies in supporting effective learning and teaching. In this talk, I will demonstrate how technologies can be used to optimise the impact of assessment. I will present three case studies drawn from our research projects, including the development and implementation of a computer adaptive test to support language learning of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students, the use of a Microsoft Excel Macro-enabled data system to support teachers in analysing both dichotomous (multiple choice, True/False) and partial credit (rubrics/scales) items, and the use of AI for self and peer assessment. I will discuss some issues, including access, equity, accuracy, efficiency, and trustworthiness of using technology in assessment. I will conclude by outlining principles for effective integration of technology in assessment to ensure their pedagogical functions.

About the Speaker

Mr. David Lee
Dr. Dennis Alonzo is a senior lecturer and the higher degree research deputy coordinator at the School of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He uses mixed methods in his research on the intersections of curriculum, assessment, equity, evaluation of educational programs, and teacher education and development. He works with educational systems and schools nationally and internationally to lead their assessment reforms focused on articulating policies, developing assessment resources, implementing professional development, and changing teachers’ beliefs and practices. He received over $9M research funding in the last five years as a lead or a chief investigator.

For information, please contact:
Ms. Kylie Leung, TALIC
Phone: 3917 8996; Email: kyliekyl@hku.hk