Formative Assessment (IO6)

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Lectures at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. Photo: Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

In the frame of IMPROPAL, Formative Assessment is promoted by the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania, with Xenter Botkyrka in Sweden and Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands as partners.

Within the context of architectural higher education, the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca project team intends to identify, develop, implement and fine-tune specific pedagogic tools for promoting student active learning, through reflecting on the ways in which assessment takes place and feedback is provided: to students about their learning and to teachers about their teaching and assessment processes.

The architectural higher education is a specific, vocational and largely practice-oriented academic field, in which learning occurs, in high degree, by means of practical assignments – basically projects, with different complexity levels and focusing on various areas of the multifarious architectural and urban planning practices. Within our faculty’s curriculum, there are three major types of teaching activities:
• lectures
• lectures-with-seminars
• projects.

Within IMPROPAL, the team-members work on selecting, designing and implementing different Formative Assessment methods and techniques, considered adequate to a specific category of pilot disciplines. These disciplines, listed in the table hereunder, have been chosen in order to be representative for each of the three above-mentioned types of teaching activities:

Lectures
– Elements of Environment Studies (1st year)
– Evolution of the City (1st year)
– History of Architecture (2nd & 4th years)
– Contemporary City (4th year)
– History of Modern and Contemporary Art 1 & 2 (5th year)
– Architecture in Film (5th year)

Lectures-with-seminars
– Art History (2nd year)
– Urban Residential (2nd year)

Projects
– Urban Design Projects (3rd and 5th years)
– Urban Restoration (5th year)
– Diploma Projects and Dissertations (6th year)
– Practical Placements in joint university-industry projects (different years)