7 April, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Sean Maw and Shaobo Huang (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

The College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Canada, is currently redesigning its First Year (FY) program. One key element of that redesign is the adoption of competency based assessment (CBA). It will be implemented across all courses. In the Fall of 2020, in the midst of the COVID crisis, CBA was fully implemented in one of the core FY courses as a pilot. This presentation will discuss key learnings from that pilot exercise. The devil is in the details with CBA, so a detailed description of how CBA was implemented will be described including the benefits and costs that were incurred. We will be able to relate some of the impressions that students had, as well as some performance metrics from the trial. We will also describe how that pilot experience is influencing our system-wide roll-out of the system this coming Fall. CBA has several attractive benefits but also some significant costs. Its implementation in engineering education is relatively uncommon, and the presentation will make clear why that is the case.

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Posted by Mathew Hillier

Mathew has been engaged by Macquarie University as an e-Assessment Academic in residence and is available to answer questions by MQ staff. Mathew specialises in Digital Assessment (e-Assessment) in Higher Education. Has held positions as an advisor and academic developer at University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Monash University and University of Adelaide. He has also held academic teaching roles in areas such as business information systems, multimedia arts and engineering project management. Mathew recently led a half million dollar Federal government funded grant on e-Exams across ten university partners and is co-chair of the international 'Transforming Assessment' webinar series as the e-Assessment special interest group under the Australasian society for computers in learning in tertiary education. He is also an honorary academic University of Canberra.