Have a look at examples of the dimensions model in use.

Designing a Work-Integrated or 'Authentic' Assessment

The concept of a work-integrated assessment is one where the tasks and conditions are more closely aligned to what you would experience within employment. A model for the design of such assessments has been created as a result of stakeholder discussions and research into the academic literature in this area, in particular the concept of an ‘authentic’ assessment.

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The ‘Dimensions of a Work-Integrated Assessment’ model, focuses on six areas of assessment which together create the conditions under which students should develop both professional and academic skills during their studies.

Six Dimensions

The ‘dimensions’ model is designed to be used individually or collaboratively between groups of academic staff which can also include students and employers. The model is a thinking tool to help the user or users reflect on how a current assessment might be marked on the six dimensions of the radar chart, and what changes might be made to move along the six dimensions of Time, Audience, Problem/Data, Collaboration, Structure and Review.

For example, if a module incorporates a relatively large amount of collaborative work within its assessments, a mark would be placed towards the outside edge of the chart, along the Collaboration dimension. Similarly, work which emphasises student autonomy would rate highly on the Structure dimension. By placing a mark on the chart for each dimension in turn, a shape emerges to represent where a module sits in relation to work-integrated assessment.

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Using the Model

The model is designed to be used in three stages:

(1) An analysis stage to understand how the assessments for a module currently map to the dimensions.

(2) A design stage where changes to the assessments are proposed to move along the dimensions.

(3) An evaluation stage after the assessment has run to evaluate the impact of the designed changes.

Animated dimensions model

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Examples of the Model in Use

Below are a few short clips of module leaders using the model to reflect on each dimension in relation to their module.


Peer Feedback

Dr Sarah Hodge, Lecturer in Zoology


Multiple Assessment Points

Paul Wheeler, Senior Lecturer in Mining