Phil Race

Assessment, learning and teaching in higher education

University College, Cork: 4th September

It was great to visit UCC again today, and to run two sessions on a day celebrating the retirement of Bettie Higgs, long known to all keen on teaching, learning and assessing. In particular, a splendid send-off celebratory lunch was laid on at a nearby hotel. Here are the main slides I used in my presentations: UCC interactive lectures (4) , UCC self and peer assessing (5). Sally’s slides are as usual on her website too.

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4 September, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Cork Institute of Technology: September 3rd

Here are the main slides (minus pictures and links) for the two workshops I ran today. For participants at the afternoons workshop, the fuller story of the ‘ripples model’ is in the slides shown for the morning workshop. You were great participants at both workshops. CIT How students really learn (6), CIT Smarter feedback (7).

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3 September, 2015 at 8:15 pm

8 proposed dimensions for a TEF by Sally Brown and colleagues 17th August

Sally has just posted a discussion document proposing eight possible dimensions to be considered regarding TEF. In self-rating against the grid in the link she posted, it’s useful to read the longer text of the eight dimensions, when cross-referring to the shorter versions on the diagram. A link to her post is here:

Sally and I are co-hosting an associated #LTHEchat on these issues at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 26th August. Do join in.

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17 August, 2015 at 9:19 am

TEF: a SWOT analysis by Sally Brown and Ruth Pickford: 30th July

There has been extensive debate about the TEF on various mailbase lists, including those of ANTF, SEDA, HEDG. Sally Brown and Ruth Pickford have used these discussions as a starting point for a SWOT analysis, which they are presenting today at the ANTF debate on the TEF at Oxford Brookes University. Here is a link to the document itself, which is now on Sally’s website:

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30 July, 2015 at 7:45 am

‘Ripples’ Model – seven factors underpinning successful learning: update July 2015

Various versions of the slide sequence I often use in workshops have been posted on this website, and over 24,000 folk seem to have downloaded them over the years. I’ve updated them again, and the link is here: Ripples model seven factors (24849). By popular request, I’ve now added a link to my disk version of Chapter 1 of ‘The Lecturer’s Toolkit; 4th edition’ (2015) which is my latest version of the story of the ripples model in print. Chapter 1 of 'Toolkit' 4th edition (99)

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7 July, 2015 at 8:31 pm

College of North West London: 6th July

Here are the main slides I used in my morning presentation, and the workshop I repeated twice. I’ve combined the slides into a single presentation. As usual, I had to remove the pictures to make the file size compatible with my website limitations. CNWL slides (84). Please also remember to use the search space at the right hand side of my website to find ‘peer observation’ and ‘ripples model’ as discussed during the workshop. Thanks to you all for joining in so well throughout my time with you, and to Dhani for looking after me.

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6 July, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Marjon Conference keynote: 2nd July

Here are the main slides Marjon slides (64) minus the pictures and links (to keep file size below my download limit). It looks a bit boring without the added entertainments, but thanks to all of you for making me so welcome, and all the lovely Tweets. My journey home was pleasant and punctual. I hope the additional slides included are useful food for thought for you.

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2 July, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Sheffield Hallam University: 24th June

Main slides now up. SHU slides (89) Thanks for joining in so well.

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24 June, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Weston College at Bristol Zoo: 22nd June

Great to be with you all day today. The main slides I used are here. Evidencing feedback slides (69). I got my train at Bristol – it was 15 minutes late anyway, and had to be taken out of service at Derby where another was waiting. I arrived in Newcastle only 15 minutes late and am now home. I could feel the care and enthusiasm that you pass on to students all day – well done.

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22 June, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Exam Technique at Chelmsford: 18th June

Great to work with Wayne Herring and Bill Tipping and CIPS candidates in the Chapter House of Chelmsford Cathedral today, on exam technique, and revision. My main slides are here – and there’s lots more on my website to raid. You were a great group – and of course good luck – we all benefit when this happens. Exam Technique slides (88) (I’ve now corrected the billion on the slide about 18 June. Any more massive errors please?).

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18 June, 2015 at 4:45 pm

CIT, Cork: 21st May

Lovely to be back in Cork with Sally, even if only for a day this time. Such an enthusiastic group of participants in my workshop today. Here are most of the main slides CIT slides (119). Please raid my website for lots more on assessment, feedback, and learning.

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21 May, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Preparing for, and doing exams: 18th May

At this time of year, lots of people are gearing themselves up for exams – perhaps you – or someone you know. Here are three collections of practical suggestions.
The first is on building really useful revision tools: question banks, so you can prepare for just about anything that might come up in an exam.
Next are some suggestions for how best to spend the first few minutes of any written exam: doing sensible things right at the start can pave the way towards much better marks.
Finally, are some suggestions about how best to go about the main task: writing answers to exam questions, and using your wits to squeeze every available mark from whoever is marking your script.
Making and using question banks (101),
Exams: the first few minutes (94),
Answering questions to maximise your marks (94)

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16 May, 2015 at 6:44 pm

London South Bank University: 13th May

Here are the  main slides I used in our workshop this morning. Thanks for joining in so well. LSBU slides (90)

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13 May, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Sally honoured in style: 12th May

photo (42)Sally was awarded an Honorary D.Litt by Kingston University yesterday. The award was made at a splendid graduation ceremony on May 11th in the Royal Festival Hall. Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds (PVC at Kingston) gave a moving and heartfelt tribute to Sally and her work to the packed RFH, and Sally replied warmly and with fun and passion for 5 minutes to the assembled graduates, staff and parents and guests. Sitting in one of the Hall’s boxes, I felt very proud of Sally, and moved by the tribute paid by Lesley.

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12 May, 2015 at 8:13 am

One cold day in Newcastle…

Too cold for gardening, and Sally’s off to Chelmsford, so I’ve been doing a spot of website maintenance, and re-done my workshop prospectus for the next year or so. I’ve trimmed down my offerings to focus on the things I like doing best. Workshops Prospectus 2015-16 (224).

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29 April, 2015 at 6:33 pm

UWE: Applying for HEA Fellowships: 9th April

Well done, enthusiastic group of UWE colleagues for taking part in quite a strenuous day, and making excellent progress towards putting together applications for HEA Fellowships across all the levels. I wish you well in rounding off your applications, and look forward to hearing that they’ve been successful. Don’t leave it for long now, or you’ll lose bits of the thinking you did today.

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9 April, 2015 at 7:40 pm

ANTF Symposium, Birmingham, 30th-31st March

Sally and I very much engroup3joyed this year’s ANTF Symposium in the MacDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham. Sponsors of the event were Ede and Ravenscroft (who took photos of many of us) and Play-doh (who provided material to help us concentrate during the sessions). It was great to meet up with ANTFs from all over, and in particular with our friends Simon Thomson and Ruth Pickford from Leeds Beckett University, pictured with us here.

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4 April, 2015 at 9:07 pm

East Kent College: 26th March

Great working with you today. Here are the main slides and resources I mentioned. Thanks for joining in so well. East Kent slides (132)  Booklet about tutorials (126)  small groups handout from Toolkit (209)

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26 March, 2015 at 4:36 pm

University of Derby: 25th March

Great to be back at Derby after several years. Thanks to so many of you turning up to be with me. Here are the main slides I used (do let me know if I missed anything useful out), minus as always the video clips and pictures. Assessment and feedback (201) As I’m sure you could tell, I’d have loved a whole day at Derby, but hope that I touched on sufficient useful ideas to keep you going. I believe I have now conquered Windows 8 on my new laptop, but not yet microphones and walking about. (As ever, whenever a computer does something really silly, it can be tracked straight back to its user!).

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25 March, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Newcastle College: 13th March

Here are the main slides I used in our day together Newcastle College Masterclass (170). You were a great group to work with, and it was very clear you are really keen that your students succeed. The file was so big I could not get all the slides in the one presentation, so I’m adding those on the literacies here literacies (125).

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13 March, 2015 at 7:59 pm