Alternative Assessment, Attitudes, Emotional Engagement, Digital Storytelling, Enabling Education
Anand, Pranit Shailesh
The enabling and pathways education sector is significantly important as it provides access to higher education studies for many disadvantaged and marginalised students. Many of these students are unable to access higher education studies due to their low socio-economic backgrounds, English as a second language, having to care for children and adults, and other similar reasons. Often these students can feel under valued which affects their self-esteem and confidence to engage with the challenges of higher education studies. Assessments play an important role in engaging students to learn, as well as helping them developing confidence and self-esteem for higher education studies. Most assessments in higher education tends to focus too much on the content testing and little emphasis on how it can be used to develop other important skills and attitudes for long term success .This paper discusses an assessment for learning called a Digital Storybook that was used in an enabling computing studies subject instead of an examination. Evaluation data for this study was collected first at the end of a semester of studies and then again about 3 to 4 years after the students had completed their studies and were in various workplaces. The results clearly showed that not only was the digital storybook an effective assessment to develop current learning needs, it was also significant in develop long term attitudes post their studies.