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ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: Assessment in higher education (Postdoc series 4)


About this workshop

Assessment is widely considered to be a significant driver of student behaviour.  However, while assessment has traditionally been framed as an objective assessment of student performance, this session begins by challenging this view of assessment.  Framing assessment as a socially-situated, interpretive act, we examine the following:

  • What should we seek to assess?
  • How do we assess?
  • How is assessment for learning achieved? and,
  • How might workshop participants, themselves particularly located in a teaching and learning context, design assessments and shape or influence assessment practices?


About the presenter

Ms Janine Carlse, Capacity Development Specialist, Office of Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development

From 2020 to 2022, Janine Carlse was a lecturer on the Global Citizenship Programme at the University of Cape Town. In her current role as Capacity Development Specialist, Janine’s primary responsibility is to conceptualise, implement and ensure successful delivery of postgraduate development and academic transformation initiatives in line with certain strategic goals, and in partnership with various departments across the University of Cape Town.

Janine’s experience within the higher education sector includes a combination of research, project management and administration, stakeholder engagement and partnerships, working with civil society organisations, student academic support, tutoring, facilitation and lecturing.



Online via MS Teams


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences





While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

Identify a course in your disciplinary context. Bring along to the workshop the assessment plan for the course.  If you can bring assessment briefs that would be amazing.

Level of participation at the workshop

For the post doc sessions, we strongly encourage participants to sign for the whole series.  Sessions 6, 7 and 8 in this series are most beneficial for participants who have attended the first semester events. However, we also welcome drop-ins.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ms Janine Carlse, Capacity Development Specialist, Office of Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 39 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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