Facilitating and Assessing Group Work: University of South Wales 21st June


I’m delighted to be asked back to USW Faculty of Creative Industries to give a keynote on ‘Assessing Group Work’.   Here is my chapter on group work from ‘The Lecturer’s Toolkit’ (which was virtually unchanged in the 2015 4th edition) Making small-group teaching work (332 downloads) . Also downloadable here is Graham Gibbs’ excellent paper on ‘The assessment of group work’ published by the ASKe CETL in 2009 groupwork-gibbs-dec-09.pdf (20 downloads) . Here now are the main slides I actually used at the keynote:  USW-June-2016-w.pptx (9 downloads) Troublesome train journey back home: train turned back round just short of Derby, and dumped us all back at Birmingham (and went on South to Guildford!), where we were left to the mercy of heaving, late trains North. Arrived at Newcastle over 3 hours late!

UCLAN 18th, 19th, 25th May and 8th June

Here are the main slides from the eight workshops I led on ‘Optimising Assessment and Feedback’. I’ve transcribed the ‘if only…’ post-its from the first six, and will do the rest next week, so you can see where we started from, and updated the slides to include things addressed in the last two workshops. Thanks for being great groups to work with. I look forward to returning to Preston on 6th July.  Preston-2016-13w.pptx (97 downloads) Both discussions on 8th June got into more detail than before, so the slides cover things we did not have time to go into – I do hope these are useful to everyone.

Lecture Capture versus Lecture Napture?

Here’s a first draft of my little opinion piece on this. Many thanks to those who Tweeted comments this morning – some of which I’ve included verbatim. More feedback really appreciated please. Lecture-Capture-w.docx (165 downloads)
Since posting this, I am really grateful to several  people for detailed comments on how lecture capture can be used well by students, including Matt Cornock at the University of York who draws attention to research he is doing there with students,
please see https://elearningyork.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/research-update-lecture-capture-at-york/ which is causing me to adjust my own take on the topic, and see the benefits which can be achieved by lecture capture.

Helping students develop resilience?

I was pleased to see David Matthews’ piece in this week’s Higher about ‘Character Education’ and the work of Carol Dweck. link here: http://tinyurl.com/zree7tg

Way back when I worked at Leeds Met (now Leeds Beckett University) as part of work to help students to develop resilience I helped some students prepare a glossy little booklet using resilience case studies which you can download from the following link: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/publications/files/091124-36595_Book_of_Resilience_LoRes.pdf

At that time I also wrote a study skills guide for new students, which can be accessed from this link: leedsbeckett.ac.uk/…/100201_36648_LearnWithLeedsMet2_WEB.pdf

Swansea University: 13th-14th April

Here are the main slides I used in my two full-day workshops at Swansea University – one on each campus. As well as working with the core material on both days, I followed up matters arising separately in each workshop, so the slides here contain most of the things we touched on collectively. For the ‘statements’ exercise, please use the ‘search’ function of this website. For more detail about the ‘ripples’ model of learning, please see the post below this one.  Swansea-2016-ww.pptx (106 downloads)

Updated PowerPoint of ‘Ripples Model’

The latest version of the slide presentation outlining my ‘Ripples’ model of seven factors underpinning learning, now including seven practical ways of putting the model into practice.  ripples10w-1.pptx (575 downloads)
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 (488 downloads)
Please email me with any feedback at phil@phil-race.co.uk
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