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About Faculty Learning Symposium 2020

Themed Re-imagining Assessment in a Post COVID-19 Applied and Digital World, the Faculty Learning Symposium (FLS) 2020 seeks to examine the acceleration of assessment practices in its adaptation and design in light of the pandemic, and will take a closer (re-)look at the purpose and nature of assessment practices as we traverse beyond the pandemic. The symposium will also provide a focused forum for discussion on the impacts of using digital technologies in assessments, and charting assessments practices to cater to interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary education to prepare students for the future workplace in a digitally connected world.


Enterprise Prof Sandra Milligan

Melbourne Enterprise Professor Sandra Milligan


Assessment Research Centre,
Melbourne Graduate School of Education

University of Melbourne

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A/P Phillip Dawson

Associate Professor Phillip Dawson

Associate Director

Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)

Deakin University

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Professor Kay Sambell

Professor Kay Sambell PFHEA

Visiting Professor

University of Sunderland

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Note: Professor Sambell is unable to join us at the FLS 2020, but she has specially prepared a video to share her thoughts on the ways we could rethink or reimagine assessment practices in higher education. Click HERE to view her video.

Join us at the FLS 2020!

For a peek of what FLS 2020 will offer, watch the following video specially prepared by Professor Kay Sambell PFHEA on
Future Facing Assessment & Feedback Design.


Programme timing may be subject to change.



9.30am - 9.40am

Welcome and Introduction

9.40am - 10.00am

Speaker: Melbourne Enterprise Professor Sandra Milligan

Topic: Directions for assessment and credentialing in tertiary education

Professor Milligan will review contemporary shifts in assessment practice, particularly those needed to assess complex learner attributes (such as critical think, collaboration and entrepreneurial skill) that are now important to employers and governments, especially post COVID-19, in higher and continuing education. In particular, there is less reliance on assessment methods that measure individual cognitive capacity, and more on assessment methods that measure competence in transferable, general capabilities that might apply across disciplines or vocations. This has resulted in shifts towards using developmental, judgement-based assessments derived from multiple assessors observing student engaged in authentic performances. It also requires formulation of new kinds of standards, new kinds of credentials, and new metrics to monitor institutional effectiveness.

10.00am - 10.20am

Speaker: Associate Professor Phillip Dawson

Topic: Re-imagining assessment in higher education: Beyond restrictions and surveillance

During emergency remote learning it has been harder to control the circumstances students complete their assessments within, and harder to authenticate who is doing the work. There have been two main responses to these challenges. The first has been attempts to use technology to replicate the restrictions and surveillance approaches used face-to-face in an online world. These appear to have worked, to a degree, and they have provided a sort of ‘security theatre’ that has enabled something akin to business as usual. The second approach has been much more difficult and daring, and it has involved fundamentally reimagining what assessment needs to be and what it needs to do. This presentation explores what we have learnt from these two approaches that will continue to be useful when/if we enter a post-pandemic world.

10.20am - 10.40am


10.40am - 11.25am

Panel Discussion

11.25am - 11.30am


Please note that by participating in this event, you consent to (1) being part of the audio and video recording, and (2) the release, (re-) production, and use of the audio and video recordings for SUSS's teaching and learning purposes or as part of SUSS's promotional materials which includes our website, social media and/or any third party publication.


The Symposium is open to all SUSS/IAL Staff, Associates and invited AUs.
Please register your attendance via the email invitation sent.
If you have not received the invitation, and would like to participate in the Symposium,
please email us at tlc@suss.edu.sg.


The FLS 2020 will take place as virtual symposium using “Zoom Webinar” (a video conferencing tool).

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Email: tlc@suss.edu.sg