Evaluative conversations: Unlocking the power of viva voce assessment for undergraduate students

Arico, Fabio (2021) Evaluative conversations: Unlocking the power of viva voce assessment for undergraduate students. In: Assessment and Feedback in a Post-Pandemic Era. AdvanceHE, London, pp. 47-56. ISBN 978-1-9163593-5-2

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Abstract

Viva voce assessments are widely adopted for the appraisal of doctoral dissertation studies, but they appear underused at undergraduate level. In a period of transition from closed-book written examinations to more innovative forms of assessment, I suggest that viva voce examinations represent an authentic and transformative learning opportunity that should be extended to undergraduate students. The argument builds on a case study detailing the successful introduction of ‘evaluative conversations’ within a year two undergraduate module in History of Economic Thought at the University of East Anglia, UK. A preliminary evaluation highlights barriers to and enablers of embedding viva voce sessions within assessment design, concluding with considerations over quality assurance, scaffolding and scalability, as well as plans for future developments.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2021 23:38
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2021 23:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80532
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