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DeakinDesign Seeding Grants 2023

The DeakinDesign Seeding Grants aim to promote engagement and diverse application of the principles of DeakinDesign through expert advice provided by Deakin Learning Futures.

For our 2023 application round we invited applications that focused on exploring innovative assessment practices. Congratulations to the successful grants for 2023!

DeakinDesign Seeding Grants 2023 recipients

  • Alissa Burnett – Faculty of Health, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
    Towards reflective, feedback focused assessment: the removal of summative multiple-choice questionnaire

This project will include the removal of Multiple-Choice Questionnaires (MCQs) as summative assessments in the unit Lifespan Nutrition and Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research to create a more feedback focussed assessment. The changes are intended to create a blueprint for course wide change toward feedback focussed assessments.

  • Dr Pearse Fay, Dr Valerie Watchorn – Faculty of Health, School of Health and Social Development
    Co-investigators: Kelli Nicola-Richmond, Kirk Reed, and Rachel Knight
    Strategic course wide and student-centered feedback enhancement across the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Honours stream

The project focuses on an important and timely issue of assessing and modifying the assessment task rubrics used across the entire four-year course. This is to better align how feedback and communication of assessment results is provided to the Occupational Therapy student cohort across all Occupational Therapy units.

  • Dr Tamara K Browne – Faculty of Health, School of Medicine
    Redesigning the assessment of Applied Ethics unit 

This project aims to redesign the assessment of the Applied Ethics unit, which is an online first-year unit with no pre-requisites, taught to students taking a variety of degrees across Deakin. These aim to teach students how to critically analyse and apply ethical principles and practices in their studies and future work to make ethical judgements.

  • Dr Imali Dias – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environments, School of IT
    Co-investigators: A/Prof Kevin Lee, A/Prof Thuong Hoang 
    Web-based Augmented Reality assessment tool for embedded systems 

This project proposes to use Web-based Augmented Reality (AR) assessment tool for hardware-intensive units across our course. AR-based education has already been used across multiple areas such as tertiary education, defence, medicine, and gaming. The proposed project will incorporate this already existing technology to build a web-based AR tool to assess students remotely in real time and provide on-time feedback.  

  • Associate Professor Kevin Lee, Prof Ben Horan – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environments, School of IT
    Co-investigators: Kate Sherwell, Nghia Dang, Imali Dias, Damien Elderfield, Matt Zampatti
    OneDeakin approach to inductions and competency

This project will create a two-stage induction process for a true OneDeakin training approach for specialised equipment (e.g., laser cutters, 3D printers, soldering equipment). The content developed for this project will be available to all schools/faculties to provide a consistent and transferable training process. 

  • Dr Prue Francis – Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environments, School of Life Sciences
    Co-investigators: Karen Young, Andrew Oxley, Craig Sherman, Ty Matthews 
    The jellyfish effect: assessing learning in an innovative way

Internal funding through WIL and research initiatives saw the purchase of a jellyfish aquarium system that can be used for teaching and learning outcomes in marine science. This project will seek to develop three assessment tasks linked to the jellyfish system that is integrated across three-year levels in the major Ocean, Fisheries and Aquaculture of the marine science degree.

  • Associate Professor Katrina Clifford – Faculty of Arts and Education, School of Communication
    Co-investigators: Emma Ryan
    Enhancing the leadership and employability skills of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) undergraduates using digital simulation as an authentic learning and assessment tool

This project explores the use of digital simulations as an authentic learning and assessment tool for teaching enterprise and employability skills to undergraduate students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) disciplines.

  • Dr. Jo Henriksen, Kate Moncrieff – Arts and Education Faculty, School of Education
    Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment (DTPA) 

This DeakinDesign Seeding project aims to directly address student recommendations from a 2022 Students as Partners microgrant project. It will focus on the production of professional digital resources to support the communication, understanding and experience of the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment. 

  • Anne Kershaw – Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Business School
    Innovative technology use in Event Management assessment 

This project will review the technology used by student to complete these innovative assignments to identify new options and build appropriate support resources for students. This initiative will enable a comprehensive review of alternatives and/ or improve the provision and instructions provided to students in order to submit a range of assessment formats.

  • Dr Wayne Read – Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Business School
    Co-investigators: Ahmed Ferdous, Allison Ringer
    Are you speaking my language? Enhancing the career readiness of marketing graduates by understanding the variations in terminology between marketing academics and industry practitioners

The project is designed to help strengthen the links between academic driven discipline knowledge and the approaches of industry. The goal is to initial create an interactive dictionary of key terms and concepts which will be integral for the marketing major.

  • Dr Pallavi Shukla – Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Business School
    Innovative assessments in Economics

This project will enhance assessment for the unit ‘Global Challenges: Food, Water and Climate’. Goals will be to improve the authenticity and student engagement with the assessment task.

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