Assessment Task

1. Preparing for Assessment Task Two

At this stage, you are probably quite immersed into your contemporary education issue, and you are familiar with its ebbs and flows.

You are now likely to be considering how to shape the issue, so that it receives the attention you want, through professional learning.

As you undertake the activities for this week, revisit the details of Assessment Task Two.

There are some fundamental elements to consider and choices to make.

1. Will you be “presenting” the issue via a professional development unit, using PowerPoint?

2. Will you be displaying details using an academic poster?

3. Have you decided instead to condense your issue into an 800-word article to be published on an educational platform, for visibility?

All of these tasks will be accompanied with a short video recording (which you could possibly give attention to later).

Your task:

What are your thoughts as you begin planning assessment task two?

2. Adding your voice to the conversation

One of the quickest ways to add your voice to the conversation, is to use a PREPRINT.

Please check with me first if you intend to publish a PREPRINT.

Publishing a pre-print will not fulfil the requirement for Task 2, but it will quickly and “academically” add your voice to the conversation on your selected educational issue.
Remember that you have already researched your issue, on various levels, so you are positioned as somewhat of an expert. Be bold!
Check if your review of both grey and scholarly sources meets the requirement for a preprint.  If you are feeling ambitious, you could tweak your idea and then add it to a preprint platform.
One of the exciting things about a PREPRINT, is that others can “cite” your work, as you become visible in just 24 hours.
Remember that you can only submit to one PREPRINT site – it’s not considered good practice to submit to multiple sites.  This can lead to challenges, so check with me if you are uncertain about the process.
One you submit a preprint, you cannot publish it anywhere else, and once it is visible, you cannot withdraw your piece.  Check the fine print before uploading your 800 word report.
Ensure that your Turnitin report is less than 10%, as this will compromise your submission.

Read more about preprints here:

Are preprints a problem? 5 ways to improve the quality and credibility of preprints

On the value of preprints: An early career researcher perspective

3. Raising awareness about your educational issue

You have most likely selected an educational issue which you feel strongly about.  You will discover soon enough that you cannot hide your light under a bushel.

Soon, you will need to take your news to the world and make an impact.

Many bloggers in your field, some of which are quite academic, will be happy to add your voice to their blog.  Have you considered reaching out to them?

If you have been following the media recently, you will notice that many social brands are drawing on value statements to add their voice to social change.

Read more about this here:

Taking A Stand: How Brands Are Tackling Social Issues

Taking a stand, and having a voice about a pertinent social issue, is attractive to consumers, and adds to the brand’s value.

In much the same way, educators who demonstrate their passion for a topic or issue, are likely to influence change for the better.

4. Using social media to add your voice to the conversation

You may or may not be a social media user, but using this medium, assures you of the fastest way to add your voice to the conversation.
Unlike handing your work over to a third party( such as a preprint), you will have control over what you say, and how long your voice remains out there.
Social media sites, like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, all offer platforms for aspiring writers like yourself.
Take a look at these sites in order to condense your work (prepared for assessment task one) with a view to becoming visible.
Remember that you cannot use Assessment Task One in its entirety.
How To Write For Social Media To Create The Best Posts
7 Social Media Content Writing Tips
How to Create a LinkedIn Post That 78% of Your Network Will Engage With
Persuasive Writing Examples: From Essays to Speeches

5. Returning to research

This unit compels you to identify your voice, but to also identify ways in which you can use your voice, drawing on available platforms.

In this final chapter of Module 3B, let’s consider why adding your voice as an educator, is so important.

Read these articles, then contribute to the class discussion:

Hopkins, P. (2016). “Teacher Voice: How Teachers Perceive Evaluations and How Leaders Can Use This Knowledge to Help Teachers Grow Professionally.” NASSP bulletin 100(1): 5-25.

Ham, M. and J. Dekkers (2019). “What role do teachers’ beliefs play in the implementation of educational reform?: Nepali teachers’ voice.” Teaching and Teacher Education 86: 102917.

Your task:

1.A key objective of this unit was to allow you to engage in an issue you felt strongly about.

2.Experiencing conviction however is only the first step, the next step is to act.

3.Therefore, the objectives encouraged you to add your voice to the conversation.

4.As part of the task, you are expected to condense your response for Assessment Task One.

5.You will reduce it to 800 words and submit to Pearl Subban via a padlet.

6.This will then be digitised and circulated among the class, and other Masters students in the Faculty.

7.Your voice (on that issue) will now be part of the conversation.




1. Reinforce: Familiarise yourself with your issue

It is expected by this stage that you will:

Be familiar with how this issue is represented in popular media.

Be aware of the challenges and tensions.

Be familiar with the “voices”.

Understand how to translate the issue into a “talking point” in a presentation. 

Have developed a personal standpoint.

Several topics have their own “metalanguage” – you should be familiar with this and use it frequently throughout your presentation.

Plan the presentation on your issue into three parts:

The background and Significance (Highlight the gap)

Evidence, Research and Data

The Call to Action (What can your participants do?

Your task:

Develop the metalanguage of your presentation, use the right words and the accurate phrases associated with your topic.


2. Create: Profile of the Institution

Becoming aware of the institutional dynamics:

Create a profile

Consider the demographics

Who is your audience?

What are the challenges they face?

What are the strengths they possess?

What are the cultural sensitivities?

How are they positioned with regard to the issue?


Ensure that you know the institution well (or if you are planning a poster or a publication, get to know your audience well).

Your task:

Do you know your audience?  How can you ensure that your presentation has acknowledged them?

Are there personal reference points which you can draw on?

It is time to incorporate these into your presentation.


3. Develop: Invigorating Interest in your Issue

You have selected an issue because you feel a great deal of passion for this subject.

How do you now convey this to another person or persons? You will need to “translate” this information into a digestible form so that others feel as convicted as you do.

Your task: Create a “hook” for your presentation.

Take a look at this infographic to obtain some ideas.  


4. Watch: Creating Hooks

The internet has a plethora of information – I have drawn on some of this in previous modules.

Here is a pretty good site with videos, to assist you with creating hooks.

12 Pretty Good Hooks for Your Next Presentation – RapidStart Leadership

Your Task: Your hook will depend on your audience, your issue, and your personal style.

Watch advertisements to observe how “hooks” are created.  Consider the clever play on words, or the use of visuals.

Your task: develop a hook for your presentation.  

5. Read: You’re the Expert

In your presentation, you will draw on a range of information from grey sources to scholarly material.

There should be a balance of information from grey sources and from scholarly sources.

Know when you incorporate statistics from noteworthy studies and know when you can inject interest by drawing on the journalistic flair found in grey sources.

Access this book (available online) from our library database:

Weiss, M. (2015). Presentation skills: educate, inspire and engage your audience. New York, New York (222 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017), New York, New York (222 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017): Business Expert Press.

Weiss is regarded as an outstanding expert with regard to presentation skills.  


Your Task:

Develop the depth and complexity of your presentation by positioning yourself as the expert!

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6. Build: Develop complexity into your presentation

You have selected an issue which you feel strongly about.  You should be able to speak competently and fluently on the issue (your recording will establish this).

However, it is not merely presenting the issue superficially.

Use the information that you gathered in Assessment Task One in order to develop the understanding of the audience.

Consider the issue from a range of perspectives.

Your presentation will cover these elements:

Introduction and context

Key thinkers or theorists

Empirical studies which demonstrate impact

Focus on local school or institution- how does this issue contribute to their operation.

What are the practical implications for educators?

Strategies to develop and strengthen the profession in the short term and the long term. 

What is your innovative response to this issue?

Your task:  Your introduction will occupy about 3-5 slides.

Consider if they are appropriately constructed to attract attention.

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