Multiliteracies-based e-assessments: Guidelines for effective assessment for learning in Level 2-5 programmes post-qual review
About the project RFP17-101 Chan
Eassessment Project Team: pictured left - right: Andre de Roo (Ara Institute of Technology), James Gropp (NMIT), Kym Hamilton (Te Tapuae o Rēhua), Kamuka Pati (Unitec), Lee Baglow (Unitech), Chris Lovegrove (Unitec), Alan Warburton (Unitec), Nathan Walsh (Ara), Keith Power (Ara), Cheryl Stokes (Ara), Selena Chan (Ara), Jessica Templeton (Te Tapuae o Rēhua) and Aaron Lyster (NMIT).
Commissioned by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Ako Aotearoa, this project will produce guidelines to be used by tutors to inform the development and deployment of e‑assessments which contribute towards the success of Levels 2–5 vocational learners, situated on or off-campus.
The programmes included in the project provide vocational pathways into Construction/Infrastructure (carpentry, quantity surveying), Manufacturing/Technology (aeronautical engineering, automotive, fabrication) and Services (hospitality).
A highly collaborative project, project teams are from Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara) and Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), Te Tapuae o Rēhua  and Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec).
Given the multimodal and kinaesthetic characteristics of the participant disciplines, the guidelines developed will provide direction for the implementation of learning to improve problem solving skills and deployment of multiliteracies-based e-assessments within the Aotearoa/New Zealand bicultural context.
This project’s primary aim is to develop guidelines for the effective implementation of e-assessments within an Aotearoa/NZ context, through the analysis of innovative e-assessment approaches.
Design / Methodology
The main project’s research methodology is informed by constructive-interpretative paradigms. There are two distinct parts to the project.
- The participative action research (PAR) approach is utilised through each sub-project to refine the innovative e-assessment processes. Through PAR, various challenges deploying each form of e-assessment are identified and resolved.
- Case study methodology is then used to collate the various strategies used by the various sub-projects and to synthesise the guidelines for optimal deployment of e-assessments.
The main project addresses the urgent need to:
- assist tutors to transition from narrow task-based assessment to utilising authentic, holistic assessment approaches implicit in new NZ qualifications’ graduate profile outcomes.
- shift to project-based or problem/inquiry-based learning, enabling graduates to meet industry needs.
- adopt assessment for learning approaches which include self, peer, socio-material (e.g. from the environment, tools, machines and materials) and tutor feedback.
- leverage off students’ existing literacies and increase their academic and digital literacies
- upskill learners’ problem solving abilities for industry sectors participating in this project.
Sub-projects’ development and deployment of new approaches to e-assessments include the following:
- collation of naturally-occurring evidence and formative assessments through the use of notetaking/tracking software
- ePortfolios emphasising the collection and collation of multimedia evidence
- learning support and assessments through role-plays / simulations in virtual environments and virtual reality platforms.
- Dr Selena Chan (project contact leader), Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Nathan Walsh (team leader), Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Andre de Roo, Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Keith Power, Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Cheryl Stokes, Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Drayton Brensell, (project advisor) Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Stefan van der Busse, (project advisor) Ara Institute of Canterbury
- Aaron Lyster (team leader), Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology
- Stuart Campbell (research mentor), Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology
- Kym Hamilton (team leader), Te Tapuae o Rēhua
- Jessical Templeton, Te Tapuae o Rēhua
- Kamuka Pati (team leader), Unitec Institute of Technology
- Lee Baglow, Unitec Institute of Technology
- Christopher Lovegrove, Unitec Institute of Technology
- Alan Warburton, Unitec Institute of Technology
- Leni Fifilata, Unitec Institute of Technology
- Dr. Mary Panko (research mentor), Unitec Institute of Technology
- James Oldfield (project advisor), Unitec Institute of Technology
- JJ Purtal (project advisor), Unitec Institute of Technology
Ako Aotearoa $95,120 (excl. GST)
Fundee $101,980 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: Beginning 2017
Expected project completion: Mid 2018
Coming: Stakeholder talks, conference presentations etc.
 Te Tapuae o Rēhua (TToR) is a Ngāi Tahu or iwi-led tertiary education consortium. Notably TToR manages the programme He Toki ki te Rika – Māori trades training.