This week we had our first joint away day with the Central Assessment Team.
The Central Assessment Team, previously know as the exams team, are responsible for the delivery of all centrally managed assessments at UCL. The team produce the examination timetable, manage and print exams papers, book the venues for the exams, train and co-ordinate appointment of invigilation staff, deal with examinations adjustments and generally oversee all exams matters. Since Covid they have been carrying out many of these functions through the AssessmentUCL (Wiseflow) platform, though this year they will be running both in-person and online assessments.
Their work massively complements the work we do around digital assessment. It felt important to spend sometime together as a wider group. This would enable us to:
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of each team
- Understand challenges faced by both teams
- Understand where workloads and challenges align
- Think about how teams can work together to share knowledge and information and support each other (flexibly)
- Agree ways of working to be a united front
The majority of the day was spent on team building exercises. We started out with an exercise where we broke out in to small teams and had to imagine we were stranded on a mountain due to a plane crash and must survive until rescued. We needed to choose 10 items that we would save from the plane (in the moments before it bursts into flames) to help the team survive. After our discussions we fed back to the group on our survival strategy.
There was also the opportunity to talk through the work each team carries out. This was in order to understand the different pressures we experience at particular times of the year and the variety and complexity of our work loads. You can see an outline of the current Digital Assessment Team work below.