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Designing, teaching and assessing taught Masters programmes

27 Feb

On Friday 27 February  I am offering a seminar in the Irish National Forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education series on the Taught Masters Experience at Carlow Institute of Technology.  It’s great to be back in Ireland again working with colleagues keen to think how they work best with students at this level. My slides for the workshop are here: M-level slides (9)

Reassessing assessment at Anglia Ruskin University

25 Feb

Today (25 February) I am supporting Nursing colleagues at ARU developing a new curriculum for their students in conjunction with their practice partners, and the slides I am using are here. ARU Feb 2015 (5)
My current work on the Anglia Ruskin Transforming Assessment project concludes on Thursday 26th February with a final assessment design intensive with a course team and further support work.

Mastering Masters level programmes at York St John

18 Feb

Wednesday 18th February provides me with an opportunity to return to York St John University where I will be spending the morning running a workshop  on designing, teaching and assessing taught  Masters programmes, then working with teams on aligned topics in the afternoon. My principal slides for the day are here: M level slides (16)

Crafting an Educational Development strategy at City University

10 Feb

Today as well as running a workshop on applying  for  HEA Principal Fellowships at City University (slides and handout here: UKPSF slides 2015 (77)) I spent a really enjoyable afternoon working with colleagues there developing a viable and potentially useful educational development strategy with them. I look forward to seeing the ultimate outcome.
The venue was one of the best venues I have ever run training in: @wallacespace  in Clerkenwell. It had flexible, light colourful rooms, superbly equipped for workshops with a continuous supply of nuts, snacks, biscuits, sweets and hot and cold drinks. Great for collaborative working.

Rewarding and recognising part-time teachers at Plymouth

7 Feb

What a real pleasure it has been working at Plymouth this week encouraging part time academics and learning support staff to apply for Associate Fellowship of the HEA (as well as supporting others going for other levels). As far as I am aware Plymouth is the only university aiming to get high numbers of their Associate Lecturers and learning supporters to get AFHEA accreditation.  Around 55 worked with me this week and seem to be well on the way to doing it. Congratulations to PVC Pauline Kneale for leading this great initiative and to Priska, Lucy and others for running a great, well-formulated accredited scheme.

Associated activity with Plymouth University

3 Feb

This week I am really delighted to be working with Plymouth Associate Lecturers on an intensive week as part of what I believe to be an unique drive to encourage all associate lecturers to achieve Associate Fellowship of the HEA. I will be back again in October running briefing sessions three times a day to familiarise as many as possible part-time staff with the Plymouth scheme requirements. I am also providing one-to-one support for this and other categories of HEA Fellowship as required.  PVC Pauline Kneale and I are very pleased with the turn out!

Assessment, assessment, assessment

28 Jan

This week Margaret Price and I are again working on enhancing assessment practice at ARU. As you can see from my twitter feed, great fun was had with the group assessment practical task, the slides for the workshop are here.  ARU Jan 2015 (14) Those present will know we barely looked at the slides, busy as we were with the assessed task, so I hope they prove useful to participants in a kind of ‘backward flipped’ way!

The last two Faculty days, and the last three ‘Assessment Design Intensives’ are taking place this week before we move on to the next phase of supporting the devising of an assessment compact.

 

Going well with Geosciences in Utrecht

26 Jan

This week Phil and I are contributing to the Geosciences Department’s Assessment Week at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. We are being made very welcome here and look forward to learning from contributions from our Dutch colleagues as well as making our own presentations. Mine are here: Streamlining assessment (24),  Assessing more students (16) Peer assessment (24)

Achieving better assessment at Anglia Ruskin

21 Jan

The Transforming Assessment project at Anglia Ruskin I am co-leading with Margaret Price of Oxford Brookes University continues in 2015, with a series of faculty away-days and Assessment Design Intensives in January for courses wishing to enhance assessment and feedback. It was really pleasing to see the significant improvements ARU colleagues made last year to assessment and feedback, as evidenced in their much improved NSS scores , and we were very happy to play a part in this. The briefing note for the ADIs and the Power Point presentation for my input to the Faculty of Science and Technology away-day are here. ARU slides (20), Briefing Note (13)

Preparing your HEA application

16 Jan

Many colleagues have used our ‘HEA Fellowships-on-one-page’ handout, which is best printed out A3 in colour when working on your applications for Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship and Principal Fellowship.

Phil and I have now revised the grid to incorporate updates from the HEA, and would recommend that you use this version rather than the earlier versions. UKPSF summary: update 2015 (40) Note that the ‘2015’ column is current information from the HEA website, which supersedes the job descriptions still present in the 2011 UKPSF document.

We are also pleased to provide the main slides UKPSF slides 2015 (77) we currently use at workshops assisting people to draft their applications, with slides with black headings drawing from resources from the HEA, and those with purple headings consisting of our own thoughts and some we’ve gathered from other sources.

We are happy for both these downloads to be used as Open Educational Resources (Phil Race and Sally Brown)