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Engaging learners with authentic assessment scenarios in Computing - HEA Annual Conference 2017 - Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight

The session will introduce the Professional Practice Weeks that are now a feature of our assessment regime in first year computing at the University of Sunderland. It will seek to describe the motivation for introducing the change three years ago and to report the outcomes of the change focusing on both challenges and successes. I will examine whether the more authentic context and content of the assessment has actually fostered greater engagement and professionality in the students and whether this change in assessment has indeed prompted a need for changed teaching and learning approaches during the ‘normal’ teaching timetable.

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