Case Study 3: The seminar assessment: A celebration of the students
A Case Study from the University sector. Part of the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Tertiary Teaching and Learning through Assessment project.
The University Sector
Name: Dr Kirstine Moffat
Organisation: The University of Waikato
Researcher: Jill Musgrave
'At the end of the day, any course is about what the students have learned and how they have evolved and grown through the course.'
A university lecturer of English decided to include seminar assessments in her undergraduate papers. She says that the seminar recognises that different students have different skills and talents; it encourages them to think independently and creatively and helps them to develop oral skills.
Students present a 10-15 minute seminar in pairs. Half of the seminar marks are for analysis and content, and the other half of the marks are for presentation skills. The seminar topics relate to the novels students have studied and include a character study, a significant incident, the setting, and an aspect of the author's style. Students choose a range of ways of presenting their seminars such as PowerPoint, a stage show, or a video.
Although the seminar initially intimidates some students, after they have done it, most students say it was the thing they enjoyed most about the course.