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dc.contributor.authorBassford, Marieen
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Angelaen
dc.contributor.authorBacon, Joanneen
dc.contributor.authorCrisp, Annetteen
dc.contributor.authorFowler, Mark R.en
dc.identifier.citationBassford, M., O'Sullivan, A., Bacon, J., Crisp, A., Fowler, M. (2016) Real Engagement. Proceedings of the Raising, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement Conference (RAISE) 2016, held at Loughborough University 8-9 September 2016en
dc.description.abstractPedagogical practice in STEM education is directed to authentic learning approaches in order to engage students and develop graduates with the skills employers demand. This pecha kucha considers the outcomes of this approach to learning and assessment in a physics and mathematics module at De Montfort University. The collaborative CrashEd project was developed by university Teacher Fellows, academic specialists, police crime scene investigators and and an FE college Theatrical Make-up and Special Effects department. The result is a ‘real life’ car crash. Undergraduates have been taught a wide range of forensic crash investigation skills on a cross-faculty module by academics and police staff. These include criminology, blood pattern analysis, skid mark and light bulb analysis alongside forensic entomology and palynology (creepy crawlies and pollen!) Teaching and formative assessments utilise realistic learning tools including the university’s forensic house and a bespoke crashed car. Qualitative evidence drawn from multiple deliveries of the course suggest that authentic assessment is a valuable tool for improving student learning outcomes and delivering key insights into workplace practices. Students were enthused by this novel approach; “It was such a refreshing change to our usual assessments”. Academics were equally enthused by the professionalism displayed by the students as they became emersed in the realism of the summative assessment investigation. This involved students collating evidence at the scene of a fatal car crash, complete with a realistically injured manikin. Assessment has never been such fun, both for the students and the academics!en
dc.subjectauthentic assessmenten
dc.titleReal Engagementen
dc.researchgroupEngineering and Physical Sciences Institute (EPsi)
dc.researchinstituteInstitute for Allied Health Sciences Researchen
dc.researchinstituteInstitute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justiceen

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