Matt Wingfield is the chief business development officer of edtech firm Digital Assess, which specialises in assessment technology. He is also the current chairman of the eAssessment Association and sits on the UK’s e-Assessment Advisory Group, as well as being a former primary school teacher. Matt recently worked alongside several universities worldwide to implement CompareAssess, an online portal that uses Adaptive Comparative Judgement to enable students to anonymously assess the work of their peers on screen.
We all know that the purpose of formative assessment is to make students aware of the standard of work they are producing, and more importantly, to help them understand how they can improve. Too often, however, assessment becomes just another formality, so entrenched in the system that we forget to stop and think about both its effectiveness and the learner experience. Sometimes, feedback simply does not translate into improvements, and it can be frustrating for everyone involved. How do we resolve this? The answer lies in allowing the student to become an active participant in the process, through anonymously comparing and critiquing an entire cohort of work online.