2021 LATT Conference – Assessment in Theological Education
Fifth SCD Learning and Teaching Theology Conference

Keynote Speaker/s

Prof Royce Sadler
Honorary Professor, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, The University of Queensland,
Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Griffith University

Rev Dr Andrew Shead
Head of the Department of Old Testament and Hebrew, Moore College

Although assessment might be onerous to student, faculty, and the institution, it is an essential part of the student learning experience and ought to be integral to it. While theological students are being tested by their academic program, they are also testing God’s calling for their lives. How does best-practice assessment help to shape the theological graduate for their future vocation?

Assessment is an element of Theological Education that touches upon each of the seven domains of the Higher Education Standards 2015.

  • Student Participation & Attainment (Domain 1)
  • Learning Environment (Domain 2)
  • Teaching & Learning (Domain 3)
  • Research & Research Training (Domain 4)
  • Institutional Quality Assurance (Domain 5)
  • Governance & Accountability (Domain 6)
  • Representation, Information, & Information Management (Domain 7)

Presentations will be organized (approximately) in these domains, providing an opportunity for papers on assessment in relation to any aspect of the student experience of Theological Education: from Learning & Teaching, through Student Support, to Institutional Governance. Papers may be theoretical, or discussions of practical educational experience, or both.

Through this multi-perspectival approach, the conference will explore assessment as an integral part of the learning and teaching environment that shapes future theological graduates.

The Conference on 23 & 24 April was a great success and now the presentations are available to the registered delegates for a week on-demand. You can still register for the on-demand sessions. in total there are 28 papers.

A selection of papers from the conference will be subsequently published as the next volume in the SCD Press Theological Education series.


Plenary Sessions

Two keynote speakers will each deliver two addresses.

Prof Royce Sadler

Emeritus Professor Royce Sadler
BSc BEd MLitt PhD

    • Assessment that better equips students to monitor and control the quality of their own performance while production is under way.


Rev Dr Andrew Shead

Rev Dr Andrew Shead
BSc (Med) BTh MTh PhD

    • Assessing Change
      How do we hope our students will change while they are with us, and how do we hope those changes will go on to shape their continued growth in ministry? Does assessment make any difference to that, really? What sort of change can assessment measure, and how, if at all, can assessment promote and guide change?
    • Changing assessment
      Assessment changes continually in response to changes in educational culture and the prevailing culture. When and why should theological educators be embracing or resisting those changes? Theological students are not like other students, and they are just like other students. How can we create our own cycles of feedback and change in assessment, and develop our own expertise to meet their specific needs?
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