Constructive alignment is the golden rule for good course design – where we start with the intended learning outcomes and align teaching and assessment to those outcomes. Learning outcomes related to e.g. practical skills like operation of field instruments cannot be assessed by written exams. FieldPass is an interdepartmental project funded by the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU).
The overall goal of the project is to develop and research alternative forms of assessment that is suited for field- and lab related learning outcomes. We are currently developing and testing several alternative forms of assessment, such as virtual field guides (VFGs), reflection dairies, and practical certification schemes to test practical skills. Some of the tools we develop will also be tested by our cooperation partners at the University of Bergen and at the University of Oslo.
One postdoc, Kseniia Kalian and one technician Timon Brüggemann are currently employed in the projects. Several UNIS employees are involved in this project, with representatives from AG, AGF, AB, Academic Affairs and the IT departments. The project is also tightly linked to two SFUs (Centre for Excellent Education), bioCEED and iEARTH , where UNIS is a partner.