Are you planning to try out new methods of assessment and testing, or have you already begun doing so? Are your students learning all manner of skills, while you have yet to find a satisfactory way to evaluate their development? Do you want to assess a new learning objective and are you looking for the best way to do this? If any of this applies to you, these funds from the IIS (Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, UvA) could offer you the chance to put your ideas into action.
Skills such as cooperation, leadership, reflection, etc. are difficult to evaluate based on the standard forms of testing. In order to find out if a student has successfully developed these skills, it may be necessary for you to apply alternate forms of assessment. The IIS supports UvA lecturers who are interested in participating in a pilot aimed at implementing alternative concepts and procedures for assessment, evaluating these new tools and sharing their materials and experiences with others. The IIS has made funding available that you, as a lecturer, can use to innovate and make improvements within the course you teach.
If you are awarded a grant, the hours you will receive should be spent:
The IIS can offer you help and support as you elaborate your plans; they can provide consultation with an expert on testing and share relevant best practices.
The duration of the pilots will be at least six months, up to a maximum of twelve months. Pilots may begin four months before the start of the course in question. A maximum of 80 hours is available for each grant; the precise duration will depend on the proposal submitted. These hours will be in addition to the hours already assigned for this course
The next deadline for proposals for the second semester of 2018-2019 is Friday October 12. A decision regarding allocation of the funding will be taken before Monday October 29. Please use the application form found here to submit your grant request.
The following criteria will be applied when selecting the grant recipients: