Phil Race

Assessment, learning and teaching in higher education

John Hattie on teaching

This 30 minute BBC Radio 4 interview with John Hattie is great food for thought for all who wish to make learning happen. He discusses the importance of passion in great teaching, and also many other things that  have marginal or even negative effects. He also mentions getting learners talking, rather than just listening to, or watching teachers. What he says about children learning extends well to higher and further education teaching.

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21 August, 2014 at 7:31 am

Edinburgh International Festival

Sally and I are appearing at the Edinburgh Festival this year (in lots and lots of audiences) from 7th to 13th of August. Looking forward as always to a great variety of fun, enlightenment and food for thought. Going to Edinburgh with friends Carole and David via a tranquil night on Holy Island on the 7th (more complete a contrast between Lindisfarne and Edinburgh, one couldn’t ask) then back in Newcastle on the evening of the 13th. Photos may be added!

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4 August, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Farewell to Chile, and ‘Sally the movie en espagnol’

Flying home with Sally via Paris after our nearly two weeks in Santiago; now back in Paris. We had a great time, and Sally gave two keynotes and a workshop, as well as both of us visiting four Faculties and talking about all sorts of things to do with assessment, learning and teaching. The link takes you to a video of extracts from Sally’s big presentation at the Catholic University of Chile, with Spanish commentary.

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31 July, 2014 at 10:13 am

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile: 23rd July

Here are the main slides we used in my half-day version of ‘Making Learning Happen’. You were a lovely group to work with, and I look forward to seeing many of you again at Sally’s sessions over the next few days. Santiago, Chile: 23rd July (59)

Picture shows Sally and I at Pablo Neruda’s house, Isla Negra. if you know Spanish, you might like to explore the article that ‘El Mercurio’ ran on the 28th of July about an interview with Sally last week

Sally and I at Neruda's house

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23 July, 2014 at 9:37 pm

University of Nottingham: 9th July

Here are the main slides I used in our afternoon about lectures Making lectures inspiring (98), minus the pictures and links, and also a link to the paper on active learning in lectures which I mentioned Active lectures paper (111). You were a  lovely group to work with, and thanks to several of you for following me in all three sessions this year. nottinghamThe slides from the previous sessions are all still available further down these posts, and in the ‘ripples model’ on my website. Thanks also to Davina and Nigel for finding me somewhere lovely to stay in Nottingham last night (see picture). I got home punctually (Sally and I passed on different lines between Sheffield and York!), but the train was much too full to put my slides up.

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9 July, 2014 at 9:11 pm

BCU: Faculty of Health: 8th July

Here are the main slides (minus pictures and links) I used in my workshop Smarter Lectures (118), and the paper on active learning in lectures I referred to Active lectures paper (111). You were a lovely group to work with, and I hope our afternoon together gave you ideas to make your own sessions with students more productive and enjoyable for all.

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8 July, 2014 at 6:44 pm

BCU: Visual Communication: 7th July

Here are the main slides we used during the day – there are a lot of them, so I’ve removed the pictures and video clips. BCU Visual Communication (131). Sorry for the delay starting off the day – technology!! You were a great group to work with.

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7 July, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Edge Hill Keynote

Here are the main slides I used, minus the pictures (including our Minister of Education). Edge Hill keynote (93). I’ve put in one or two ‘asides’. You were a great audience, thanks. I really love coming to Edge Hill University as there’s such a great atmosphere (as well as a lovely campus and ducks), and I get the feeling folk really care about students’ experiences. The Student Union presentation was fabulous, showing how much people go out of their way to make things work for students. Many thanks to Mark and Lizy for looking after me so well on my visit.

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4 July, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Royal Agricultural University: 3rd July

RAUHere are the main slides I used in our day together RAU 2014 (57). The slides, of course, are just that – the important things were our explorations around the content. I’ve strung the two main presentations end-on-end. I did get onwards to Ormskirk, not least thanks to a really memorable Liverpool taxi driver. Great working with you all.

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3 July, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Brunel University

Here are the main slides – and some more – which I used with you today. I found the missing slides about getting books published, so have slipped them into the presentation (they were on that memory stick all the time!). Good luck with your writing – we all need luck as well as hard work. Brunel (63)

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26 June, 2014 at 6:31 pm

University of Nottingham

Here are the main slides we used. Note to anyone who wasn’t actually there, the long sequence on ‘assessment quotes’ was something we flew through in five minutes or so, just to illustrate how many people have addressed the problems concerned. Nottingham (69). The ‘Statements’ exercise is elsewhere on the website, in ‘archived downloads’. It was great working with you all, and I look forward to seeing you again at our session on lectures.

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25 June, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Getting your pedagogic work published

For the next version of ‘The Lecturer’s Toolkit’, Sally and I have drawn up a table of suggestions, addressing problems commonly encountered in turning pedagogic work into publications. We’ll be delighted to receive more problems and more suggestions to add to this table. Getting your pedagogic work published (80)

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24 June, 2014 at 9:55 am

Celebrating my 70th

Off for fish and chips for lunch with the family, then to Portugal on Saturday. Thanks to the friends and relatives who joined us last Saturday for tapas in Newcastle, and for the donations to ‘Save the Children’ and indeed lovely gifts for me too. I might take slightly longer than usual to reply to emails.birthday

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11 June, 2014 at 9:50 am

GMIT: June 4th and 5th

Good to be back for two days at GMIT, this time with Sally too. Here are the main slides we used in my workshop on assessment on the morning of June 4th, Towards assessment as learning (116) and on feedback that afternoon Smarter Feedback (86)
5th June: sadly the masterclass only attracted seven staff rather than the nearly-30 expected, so I did different things than if there had been 30. Rather than repeat the things which were covered in detail in the slides from the day before on assessment and feedback, we went much deeper into how learning really happens. The seven were a great little group to work with. Here are the main slides Masterclass (77).

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4 June, 2014 at 6:15 pm

University of Plymouth: 3rd June

Great working with you today, and thanks to many of you for such encouraging feedback on the two days we’ve been together. Here are the main slides we used Plymouth 2 (82). I look forward to receiving your assignments as specified in the slides. Note that the slides are all the ‘final’ versions, and the things I deleted in negotiation with you in the lists of options and processes will only be known by those who were present. (Posted from Exeter Airport, where the free wifi seems to cost £5 for an hour – good job I had my dongle).

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3 June, 2014 at 5:24 pm

GSM, Greenford: 21st May

Here are the main slides we used in our busy day together – there are a lot! GSM (86). Please  note that as we did not have cabaret layout available, I did different things with you in the afternoon session than I would have done if my envisaged group working had been available. Great working with you all.

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21 May, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Making Learning Happen: the movie!

Now that the 3rd edition has been launched at the SEDA Conference in Newcastle last week, I’m pleased to provide a link to a short video of me talking to Rachael Plant of Sage about some of the main ideas in the book, also available on the Sage website.

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17 May, 2014 at 8:52 am

Five tips for teaching large groups: the movie!

Rachael Plant of Sage helped me to make this very short video of suggestions for lecturers regarding large-group teaching. The following link should work, but if not you can find it on the Sage website with two other videos of me talking about making learning happen.

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10 May, 2014 at 9:37 am

Inclusive assessment, etc.

‘Responding to diversity and widening participation’ which was Chapter 8 in the 2005 edition of ‘Making Learning Happen’ is not included in the new 3rd edition (2014). This  is partly because the topic of inclusive learning has grown so much, and really needs a book of its own nowadays, and partly because I expanded the discussion of assessment so much in the third edition. Therefore it was agreed that this chapter from the 2nd edition (slightly abridged) should be freely available, probably on the Sage website linked to the third edition in due course, but meanwhile on my website. MLH 2005 Ch.8 (144).

For greater depth I am pleased to recommend ‘Towards Inclusive Learning in Higher Education: developing curricula for disabled students: Mike Adams and Sally Brown (2006), Abingdon: Routledge’, which is available as a kindle book now too.

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10 May, 2014 at 9:02 am

University of Nottingham: 8th May

Here are the main slides we used Nottingham (108). Thanks for being such a great group – I look forward to seeing you two more times in the coming months – bring your friends along.

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8 May, 2014 at 5:09 pm