Evaluating a Work-Integrated Assessment

A set of skill cards, evaluation placemats and scoring sheets have been created which together allow the evaluation of a work-integrated assessment and the drawing of the final polygon on the model design sheet. This will give an overall indication of how a designed approach has worked in practice, and will also allow those participating in a work-integrated assessment to reflect on their experiences. The evaluation materials can also be used separately as a stand-alone evaluation method for any module. It's physical approach encourages deep reflection and the ability to recognise and articulate skills developed. 

The skill cards and placemats can be used as either digital or physical objects. Digital versions can be downloaded below, physical versions can be borrowed from the Education Quality & Enhancement (contact Liz Dunne, Head of Student Engagement and Skills).

A video of the evaluation materials being used in practice can be viewed below alongside a short interview with Rachel Wheeler, voicing her thoughts about students' ability to recognise skills acquired through their studies:


Using Skills Cards

Psychology students' evaluation session


Recognising Skills

Rachel Wheeler, Employability Officer

Skill Cards

The 48 skill cards have been derived from earlier work by Bennett, Dunne & Carré (2000), and summarise the type of skills that employers state they see as most important in graduates, but contextualised into simple statements that can be reflected upon and rated. Examples might be “Deal with and learn from criticism”, “Respond actively to peer feedback” or “Set and maintain my work priorities”.

The 48 cards have been grouped in six groups of eight, with the six groups matching the six dimensions of the dimensions model for work-integrated assessment. The digital versions of the cards are embedded in the evaluation placemat file, as described below.

Download a copy of the Skills Matrix to see which skills match which dimension. 

Evaluation Placemats

The evaluation placemats are used rate to the skills cards against a 7 point Likert type scale. By posing the overarching question “What can we do?”, qualified by the three sub questions:  ”How good are we at articulating academic and professional skills?”; “What skills have we been developing through this module?” and “How well can we describe our skills to employers?”, students are prompted to reflect on their recent learning in the context of each of the 48 skill cards in turn.

The placemats include a placeholder for the stack of cards and 7 placeholders which the cards can be dragged into, rating each from a score of ‘Zilch’ to a score of ‘Hugely!”. They are designed to be used by the same groups of students who were working together during their learning, in order to provoke discussion, and – crucially – the articulation of skill development.

Download the Skills Evaluation Placemat



Scoring Sheet

A skills evaluation scoring sheet allow the ratings that have been created using the evaluation placemants to be scored and analysed, so that a new polygon can be drawn on the dimensions model for work-integrated assessment, which visualised the overall skill development in terms of the six dimensions. This new visualisation can then be compared to the original pedagogic design to see how well the design worked in practice.

Download the Skills Evaluation Scoring Sheet

Supporting References  

Bennett, Dunne & Carré (2000). Skills Development in Higher Education and Employment. SRHE and Open University Press imprint. Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press.