Using an open digital space assessment on a course for new teachers in higher education
An assignment was devised in an open online space to enable participants on a year-long initial teacher education course to deepen and share their knowledge on a teaching-related topic of interest, to develop their digital skills and to enable reflection on their experience of the task. After two cohorts had completed the assignment, a small research project was then carried out to explore participants’ experience of and attitudes towards this type of assessment. Survey responses suggest that, overall, participants found it to be a worthwhile activity that encouraged them to engage with the literature and reflect on their own and others’ practice. Participants also critiqued the task implementation and commented on how they would adapt it within their own teaching contexts to encourage fuller engagement with the tasks. Following feedback the assignment brief was fully revised for the following year.
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