Margaret Price

Margaret Price is a Professor of Assessment and Learning and Director of ASKe Pedagogy Research Centre. She has been a visiting scholar at University of Sydney and Hong Kong University, is an advisor on projects at institutions in Scandinavia and the UK, and she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in June 2002. Margaret is involved in a wide range of research and development of practice projects both within Brookes and at a national and international level. She seeks to encourage innovation and foster evidence-based assessment practice within the HE sector.

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ASKe Manifesto seven years on: so what did change?

Assessment continues to be a major challenge to institutions around the world. A challenge in terms of student satisfaction, a challenge in terms of resourcing (there are few economies of scale in assessment (Gibbs 2006) and a challenge in terms of transparency, reliability and validity to name but a few. One of the major problems is that there are very varied levels of understanding of assessment and its processes among stakeholders. This is unsurprising given the complex nature of assessment but it causes difficulties and unintended consequences especially when lack of understanding is found among all stakeholder groups: students, staff, management, quality assurance experts, government. If we are going to meet the challenges we face, the assessment literacy (see Price et al, 2012) of all these groups needs to improve.

As detailed in the original BeJLT paper (Price et al 2008) ASKe brought together a group of international assessment experts to envisage a new future for assessment; the result was the ASKe Assessment Manifesto. Through the Manifesto we hoped to stimulate debate across the sector and, by implication, influence ways of thinking about and practising assessment. So what happened? This paper will reflect on the impact of the Manifesto both locally and in terms of its reach beyond the institution, as well as considering its continued relevance.

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