I came across a new term today that immediately intrigued me, Catalytic Assessment. It came up during ta Blackboard TLC 2020 talk by Emmanuel Zilberberg who was discussing Dynamic Assessment method in the Blackboard to t scaffolding of learning and using adaptive release of content once learners are ready. An interesting discussion in its own right, but what really stuck with me was how he described ‘Catalytic Assessment’, “making learner think they are correct as long as necessary”, or something to that effect. Draper (2008) define Catalytic Assessment as: assessment designed to lead to learning later (often after the learner has given an answer to the question) and where that learning typically occurs without formative feedback (I.e., external and diagnostic or constructive) but through processes (including metacognition) internal to the learner In Drapers (2008) paper this is discussed in the context of Electronic Voting Systems. Both Draper (2008) and Emmanuel, discussed this
PROSE (Posgraduate Record Of Student Experience) was a system an intertern Muhammed Khalifa and I developed in 2009. The system coded in .NET, was designed to enable Postgraduate Research students to sign-up to training events, keep a full record of their development and record all their supervisory meetings. This was one of my first major system developments. I am proud it has lasted this long and the University has oly just managed to find a replacement some 10 years later.