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I would work 500 miles!

9 Dec

In the lead up to Christmas I will be working at London South Bank University on Wednesday 10 December as the external on their UKPSF panel, and on Friday 12th at Napier University, Edinburgh, running a session helping colleagues start drafting their principal fellowship applications after which I will pretend to be on holiday for Christmas. The slides for Napier are here: UKPSF slides (0) and the grid is here grid (1).

Next week I am having a cataract operation so will be out of email contact for a couple of days and won’t be working on text heavy activities for the Christmas holidays.

Phil Race and I are supporting education for girls in Afghanistan this year instead of sending Christmas cards to colleagues, so we wish you all a delightful and peaceful Festive Season!

Faculty Focus of Feedback and Assessment

8 Dec

The Transforming Assessment project continues today at Anglia Ruskin University where Margaret Price and I will be working with the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences on their away day. My slides for my presentation are here. ARU slides (4)

Egging on assessors at Anglia Ruskin University

4 Dec

As a continuation of my work on the Transforming Assessment project at Anglia Ruskin University with Margaret Price, I am working there again on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December, and here are the slides I plan to use, together with a descriptor of an activity I use to help people think about self and peer assessment. Feel free to use any of these you think would be helpful and fun! Group work slides (4), Self and peer assessment slides (6), Egg game handout (7)

Art Deco Dorwich

27 Nov

photo (9)Today I am contributing to the steering group of Michelle Morgan’s £2m HEFCE- funded groundbreaking Postgraduate Experience. project led by Kingston University.  We are at one of the treasures of British higher education: a delightful outpost of Kingston University : the stunning Dorwich House. IMG_0206.JPG

And also today we celebrate the graduation of Dr Sarah Nixon of Liverpool John Moores University who has graduated with her doctorate by published works at Liverpool Cathedral today. Congratulations Sarah on your well deserved success from all of us in the PhD by publications group at Newcastle.



Assessment Transformation at Anglia Ruskin University

26 Nov

Today is the first of the Faculty days Margaret Price and I are doing using material from the HEA project ‘A marked improvement’, part of the  extended Transforming Assessment Project at ARU. I am looking forward to working with colleagues from the Lord Ashcroft International Business School and the slides I will use are here. ARU slides (4)

Sunshine and stimulating conversations with Plymouth University

25 Nov

After a cracking day at the Inclusive Assessment conference run by PeDRIO with Plymouth University on Monday, I am working today with Nursing and Social Work colleagues on ‘Enhancing  the student experience’ and ;Streamlining assessment’.   The slides are available here. Streamlining Assessment slides (9), Enhancing student experience: slides (6).Who would have thought we could be eating the buffet lunch on a sunny balcony without coats in mid-November as we did yesterday!

Inclusive Assessment in Plymouth

24 Nov

Brilliant sunshine today at Plymouth University’s ‘Inclusive Assessment  in Practice’ conference, where I am running a session on ‘Inclusive International assessment’. The slides and handout I’m using are here. International Assessment slides (9), International Assessment handout (7).  It’s always a pleasure to come and participate at events at the University that gave me and Phil Honorary Doctorates on a similarly sunny but much warmer day last year.

ARU: Further thoughts on feedback

20 Nov

On 20 and 21 November I will be running workshops a at the Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses of Anglia Ruskin University as part of the ongoing ‘Transforming Assessment project, concentrating today specifically on feedback. Here are the slides I am using. ARU slides (16)

Launching in Nottingham

15 Nov

This week I was delighted to launch my book Assessment, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Global Perspectives at the SEDA conference.   Thanks so much to Amanda for supporting the event and to contributing colleagues for joining me to celebrate the book as well as the new Palgrave Teaching and Learning website which I am curating. I am particularly grateful to Suzannah Burywood and Helen Caunce of Palgrave for all their support (and for paying for the fizz at the event), to Hala Mansour for travelling  all the way from Northampton by train for the launch, to Maidie Semiras of Heavenly Cupcakes in Nottingham for making the  brilliant cake and to Phil Race.

Learning, teaching and assessment in Luxembourg

6 Nov

On Thursday 6 November and Friday 7th November I am working again at the University of Luxembourg on assessment and evaluating& enhancing your own teaching. I’m looking forward to visiting again and hoping for better weather than the wintry storms that prevented us getting out into the Christmas markets on our last visit. Here are the slides and handouts I am using. Improving student assessment (29)  Evaluating and enhancing teaching (11)  Assess your own teaching quality (14)  Assessment good practice accounts (15)  Critical comparison of assessment types (16)  Feedback handout from book (14)  Peer observation handout (9)  Planning and reflecting on your teaching (16)

I am very excited about launching my new book ‘Assessment, learning and teaching in Higher Education: Global Perspectives’ on Thursday 13th November at the SEDA conference at 7pm   at the NCTL Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham. Friends and colleagues are invited to come along for some celebratory cake if you are in the area.

Glad that my website is now up and running again after a temporary issue with ‘a permissions error’ on a system fie – many thanks Ed Phillips for sorting it out really quickly.