The Alternative Assessment Experiment

By Elena Ciancimino and Salvatore Cannella.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The ALTernative Assessment initiative (ALT.A.) is an academic research project with the aim of exploring a “role inversion” technique in higher education evaluation. The role inversion is the term that indicates a pure formative examination model proposed by Bergman, in which the students are required to formulate a set of questions on areas determined by the examiner.
The ALT.A exam is a mixed examination made up of three questions that are to be formulated by students on specific topics from their course program. Those questions are evaluated using an Observational Matrix, which is designed to support a multi-dimensional summative assessment, based on binary evaluations. Objects of assessment are: the students’ ability to match the given subject (pertinence), their capability to reason using a multidisciplinary perspective (multidisciplinarity), their extent in approaching the topics (broadening) and the pertinence of terminology and comprehensibility of questions (terminology).
This paper reports the experimental project ALT.A. (ALTernative Assessment) initiative, performed at a course of the MSc in Management Engineering, University of Palermo. The Observation Matrix is introduced as a quantitative tool for questions assessment.

Keywords: Mixed Assessment, Examination Process, Role Inversion

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp.295-300. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 601.490KB).

Elena Ciancimino

Ph.D. student, Inter-Departmental Research Centre on Economic and Technology Planning, Faculty of Engineering, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Elena Ciancimino holds a master’s degree in from the University of Palermo in Management Engineering. He has been committed to several international cooperation research projects and training programmes supported by the European Commission, the National Research Council of Italy, the Italian Ministry of University and Research, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Department of Manufacturing, Industrial and Management Engineering of the University of Palermo, and visiting at Department of Industrial Management, High School of Engineering, University of Seville, Spain. Her research interests include supply chain modelling and performance metrics, IT-enabled practices and healthcare management.

Salvatore Cannella

Ph.D student, Inter-Departmental Research Centre on Economic and Technology Planning, Faculty of Engineering, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Salvatore Cannella holds a master’s degree in Management Engineering from the University of Palermo, 2005. He has been committed to several international cooperation research projects and training programmes supported by the European Commission, the National Research Council of Italy, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, the Italian Ministry of University and Research, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Council of Italian Universities. He is member of Production Engineering Research workGroup and of the Italian Association of Management Engineering. He is now Ph.D. student at Department of Manufacturing, Industrial and Management Engineering of the University of Palermo, and visiting at Department of Industrial Management, High School of Engineering, University of Seville, Spain. His research is focusing on bullwhip effect reducing approaches, supply chain reengineering, replenishment rules and what-if simulation in operations management.

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