Dan Robinson’s Pre-assessment Zoom Meeting

I got up at 4:30 am to get ready for Dan’s pre-assessment zoom meeting on 13 May in the hope that I would get some clarification as to the new assessment guidelines that have been brought into place for the July assessment.

Doug started the ball rolling by asking Dan to summarize conceptually how assessment will be done – to give us some idea of what to expect. According to Dan, the main shift is that previously we sent everything (assignment wise) and now the emphasis is on us selecting and providing a narrative through what we are submitting. The tutor assessing has an overview and gets a sense of the breadth of our activity in our work, the different things we have been doing, mistakes made, experiments, tests, risks we’ve taken and things we have learned.

Practically the pre-assessment guidance asks us to select a number of learning log entries, as well as selecting 10-12 pieces of creative work. How to get an overview – select learning log entries that show a sense of development and breath of what we have been looking at. Its up to us to assess our decisions that we make and resolve the finished work when selecting the creative pieces. This will allow assessors to focus and give time, care and attention to the particular pieces we have chosen.

There is also the critical review element and reflective presentation. Evaluation/reflection has been optional previously and the assessors find this useful when looking at the journey the student has taken. There is a certain amount of flexibility in how to present this – can be written/audio or video. Use it as a guide to what you are submitting, what you’ve learnt and guide the assessors through the different elements of what has been submitted.

I asked Dan if we were expected to create a summary of learning logs for assessment, using my own example in that I reflect on work in my weekly check in posts, sometimes on a daily basis, but I also might reflect on another aspect of that same work in an assignment preparation post – hence the question of a summary. Dan’s answer was twofold and that it would be different for each student. If some log is important, key for that project then share what was written on that day (1 version). The other version was that there might be that there is no specific day of key importance, but rather an accumulation of notes in which case one might need to go through and pull bits out and assemble them into a new post. He then stressed that there was no one answer to this.

I then followed up with a question about documenting learning outcomes. Most students do a self-evaluation against assessment criteria at the end of each assignment, so would it be OK to put a link into that posting. Dan replied that if we feel that something is serving what we need, then use the existing reflection or existing mapping. But we should be aware that there has been one change. Previously there was more emphasis on looking at assignments, now there is flexibility in that we can present assignments, but we can also present other parts of our work: exercises, research, tests and development. It is possible that important pieces we’ve made may have happened somewhere else. We can now select from anywhere in our BOW. (This doesn’t really work for Documentary students as with the exception of an exercise of using our own archival images and another doing a little surrealism exercise, the assignments are the only times we actually picked up a camera during the course, so all our creative work does originate from an assignment).

Another student queried whether it wouldn’t be better to take the assessment criteria and show mastery of that as well for better balanced approach. The new rationale is that we now have to use the learning outcomes and use them in organising our work. The learning outcomes are different to the assessment criteria. As long as we use the learning outcomes as the basis – 2-3 learning log entries for each learning outcome, if we want to consider mapping against the assessment criteria then we can do that, but that is not the way we are being guided to do.

The idea is that our tutor will be part of assessment – play a lead role. But our presentation should be such that another assessor can engage with our work and make sense of it.

I asked Dan if we should keep A1, which was historically was not used for assessment, out of our selections. Dan stated that while A1 was not assessed in the past, that is no longer the case. Any work we have done as part of the unit can now be assessed, including A1 and also non-assignment work.

There was a further question by Emma on what constituted a “piece”. There was some confusion around this as work in sequence needs to be viewed as such – would a website portfolio be OK to present such work, or could projects go in as a whole? Dan referred Emma to the answer on the assessment padlet, but advised she could do a bit of both. A “piece” could be a multiple image selection, e.g. a web page containing multiple images or there could be stand alone images.

There was some discussion around what to load to the G-drive and from what I can gather is the advice is that if you are presenting something via a website or the learning log, create a page for the G-drive that contains a link to the work. The work does not have to be self-contained within the G-drive.

Regarding video files – good idea to upload a copy to the G-drive as a backup if you are linking to Vimeo (belt and braces approach).

Dan recorded the session and has posted it onto the discussion forum.

So am I any clearer on what is needed … not all that much. I subsequently asked on the forum if the critical review forms part of the “10-12 creative pieces” but apparently it falls into its own category outside of that.


Photography specific adaptations to COVID-19 – Subject area forums / Photography – OCA Discuss (s.d.) At: https://discuss.oca-student.com/t/photography-specific-adaptations-to-covid-19/11641/87 (Accessed  21/05/2020).

3 thoughts on “Dan Robinson’s Pre-assessment Zoom Meeting

  1. For some reason I put the wrong day in my diary so missed this session. I know the recording is available and have begun to watch it – slowly. It’s been so useful to read your summary of your understanding here Lynda.


  2. Pingback: Weekly Check In – 23 May 2020 | Lynda Kuit Photography: Documentary – Fact & Fiction

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