DORA launches SPACE to evolve academic assessment

24 June 2021

On 14 June, DORA released “SPACE to evolve academic assessment: A rubric for analysing institutional conditions and progress indicators”. It is designed to support institutions, at any stage of academic assessment reform, to gauge their ability to support interventions and set them up for success.

The SPACE rubric can be used in two ways to support and facilitate change at universities. First, it can help establish a baseline for the current state of infrastructural conditions, to gauge an institution’s ability to support the development and implementation of new academic assessment practices and activities. Second, the rubric can be used to retroactively analyse how strengths or gaps in these institutional conditions may have impacted the outcomes of concrete interventions targeted to specific types of academic assessment activities.

Instructions for use are included in the resource library entry on the DORA web page. DORA is also offering two community calls, on 1 July and 8 July, to discuss how to use the SPACE rubric. Panellists will share insights learned in piloting the rubric, and participants will have a chance to ask questions, share ideas, and engage in dialogue.

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