On Wednesday, October 28, the WG held the first session of the international workshop with Dr. Gregorio Rodríguez, Professor at the University of Cadiz and member of the UNESCO Chair on Evaluation and Assessment, Innovation and Excellence in Education, expert in educational evaluation.
The session began with a look at the historical evolution of the conception of assessment and continued by emphasizing the difference between concepts such as “student” and “learner”. He also stressed the importance of students having to know what is expected of them and how they can achieve their goals. Rodríguez stressed the importance of making the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the key competencies for sustainability evident in assessment systems, linking them to the objectives and expected outcomes for any activity.
WG members contributed to the reflection on the importance of incorporating the key competencies for sustainability in the assessment of what we learn and why it is important, and also how to do it. In that sense, how to introduce the SDGs and especially the key competencies for sustainability in the educational plans of their centers was one of the questions that generated more debate. Finally, Rodríguez showed some good examples of rubrics and scales, as well as the evaluation model that he himself uses with his students. All in all, it was an interesting and relevant workshop, which motivated the WG in its purpose of designing useful tools for centers, teachers, and students to achieve the key competencies for sustainability through SDG-oriented learning projects.