Phil Race

Assessment, learning and teaching in higher education

NUS Assessment and Feedback Benchmarking Tool

To increase student satisfaction regarding assessment and feedback, the NUS’s own ‘Benchmarking Tool’ is a really good agenda for improvement of our provision NUS Assessment and Feedback Benchmarking Tool (69) here, or available from the NUS website.

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2 October, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Derby College: 26th September

Here are the main slides from our session this morning. Derby College: 26th September (60) Many thanks to the participant who received £1 for spotting my typo, which I’ve now corrected. (I have difficulty seeing my own typos!). I’ll be happy to return to go into more detail about ways of getting assessment more ‘fit for purpose’ and designing criteria – the status quo of assessment is not an option across the country at present. Great to be in your historic (14)

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26 September, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Electronic Management of Assessment: Dr Gill Ferrell

JISC published last month a brilliant report by Dr Gill Ferrell on the electronic management of assessment. Food for thought for all looking to modernize assessment and feedback in the digital age. The report should download from the following link:

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25 September, 2014 at 7:55 pm

UCLan, 24th September

Here are the slides for my 3rd (and final)  workshop on ‘Making Foundation Learning Happen’ at UCLan on 24th September. UCLan 3 w (40). Thanks to participants for a lovely mixture of experience, open-ness, wisdom and humour at this session – Foundation learners will be safe in your hands. Thanks also to the Salvation Army, Preston who made us most welcome for the day – ‘may that peace which passeth understanding remain with us all’.

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24 September, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Critical incident accounts

The following piece on planning and assessing critical incident accounts will be in the 2015 4th edition of ‘The Lecturer’s Toolkit’, but I thought it may be useful now too (it wasn’t in the 3rd edition). Critical incident accounts (66)

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19 September, 2014 at 10:20 am

Vivas – oral exams

Here is a short piece on vivas, including a bit about pros and cons, and some tips for getting students into the processes leading to successful oral exams. This is from ‘The Lecturer’s Toolkit’ (from the existing 2007 edition, and the forthcoming 2015 edition). Nothing groundbreaking here, but could be useful. Vivas (60)

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19 September, 2014 at 9:10 am

Anglia Ruskin University: Assessment Fiesta: 17th September

Here are the main slides I used in my two workshops on self- and peer-assessment ARU Assessment Fiesta (63). I’ve transcribed and included all your post-its – a great summary of the agenda for implementing self- and peer-assessment, thanks.
I did one extra bit in the morning workshop, which I did not manage to include in the afternoon one (age, excellent tapas lunch), so the afternoon folk might like to get someone from the morning group to talk them through the bit leading to that ‘missing word’. Have fun.
Both groups were great to work with. I also particularly enjoyed the roadshow of the excellent things that are going on regarding assessment at ARU – such enthusiasm, initiative and passion – very well done.

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17 September, 2014 at 7:20 pm

BCU: Department of Adult Learning: 16th September

Here are the main slides from our day together, and the bit of Sally’s book I quoted. You were a splendid audience, thoroughly professional, and with the interests of your students always uppermost – thanks so much. Bit from Sally's new book (42), BCU Smarter Feedback (42)

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16 September, 2014 at 4:48 pm

UCLan 10th September

Here are the slides we used today, again protected by the password you formulated for me this morning. Sorry I couldn’t get them up earlier this evening – trains were delayed by a signal failure at Preston. UCLan 2 (60). Here also is a link to the paper I mentioned about making lectures interactive Active lectures paper (186). Thank you for being a great group – we covered a great deal more relevant to Foundation learning than happened with yesterday’s group. Bearing in mind how useful ‘verbalising’ is for deepening learning, you might like to talk through some of the extra things we did today, using the slides as aides memoires, with any colleagues you know who attended yesterday’s session.

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10 September, 2014 at 9:01 pm

UCLan 9th September

Here are the password-protected slides from our day together on 9th September. Due to discussion of various matters, there are parts of the intended content not yet covered. I look forward to working with more colleagues tomorrow and on the 24th. uCLAN1 (64)

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9 September, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Sally’s email addresses

Please could anyone trying to get through to Sally use or from now on. Her former Leeds Met email address has now been replaced by the latter.

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9 September, 2014 at 6:10 am

University of Limerick: 4th-5th September

Really good to work with participants on Module 5022 on Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. Now in Dublin ready for flight home tomorrow. As promised, here are the main slides I used, minus pictures and weblinks. As always, the slides are just the information – the real essence of the module lies in the things we discussed, and the emphasis I made orally on matters such as how the module is to be assessed and so on, so if you missed any of this, do catch up by getting those present to fill in the gaps for you. Looking forward to seeing your assignments in November. Thanks also for several Tweets.  Limerick: main slides from 4th and 5th September (61)

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4 September, 2014 at 6:36 pm

NWRC: Derry: 27th August

Here are the main slides I used, both in the morning keynote and in the afternoon workshops, minus most of the pictures, but plus the bits I showed to some groups and not others – talk each other through these please. NWRC Derry: 27th August (54) You were a great audience to work with – but my biggest disappointment yet regarding Tweeting!!photo (13)

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27 August, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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 (102)

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 (157), minus the pictures and links, and also a link to the paper on active learning in lectures which I mentioned Active lectures paper (186). 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 (154), and the paper on active learning in lectures I referred to Active lectures paper (186). 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 (172). 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