At the nexus of learning and innovation
June 28, 1:30 am

11.30am–1pm, Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar on Assessment in the 21st century: What is real and what is stereotype? with Associate Professor Maria Souza e Silva


11.30am–1pm, Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney

"Summative assessment" refers to measuring student learning after the conclusion of a program by comparing their recall of the taught material – usually by a test that results in individual scores – against a predetermined standard or benchmark. This contrasts with "formative assessment", including diagnostic testing, which summarises the participants' development at intervals during the learning process, using a range of formal and informal assessment procedures. Formative assessment is aimed at determining ways to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment. It typically involves qualitative feedback, rather than scores, for both students and teacher that focuses on the details of content and performance.

In higher-education courses, formative assessments tend to be used more often than summative ones. However, the evidence suggests that, so far, assessment procedures have failed to take advantage of innovations in ICT. This presentation will explore the feasibility of facilitating the use of such innovations by adopting a framework for the comprehensive representation of theoretical and practical connections involved in the assessment process.

The proposed tools are aligned with the science of learning. They include attributes, design pattern, standards, and the relationship between assessment and research processes in the context of design-based research. The aim of the study is to invite perspectives for debate and create references to a virtual collaborative platform, with online and face-to-face tutoring.

Maria Souza e Silva









Maria Souza e Silva is a visiting researcher at The University of Sydney's Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) and has been an associate professor at the University of Brasília, Brazil, since 1997. Currently, she is dedicated to improving education in the field of engineering. Dr Souza e Silva's undergraduate studies were in mathematics and physics. Her PhD is in industrial engineering and systems. Her experience also includes academic activities in Japan, Portugal and Latin America, in the area of engineering systems applied in public policies and engineering education. Before entering academia, Dr Souza e Silva spent 10 years developing product designs and management systems for construction companies.