University College, Birmingham: 3rd July

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to University College, Birmingham today. Not only do you have fantastic new buildings and learning spaces, but one of the most enthusiastic conference audiences I have had the pleasure of working with. Thanks for the lovely comments on Twitter on #philatucb18. I tried in my keynote not to bore you with too many text-only slides, but include more activities – and it seemed to work! The main slides are here: UCB-2018-ww.pptx (40 downloads)
It was very interesting too to experiment with how many different ways a fine large lecture theatre like yours can be used to engage audiences. Will be very happy to come back! Now home in Newcastle – the journey North is always half-an-hour slower than the timetable – gravity perhaps – something to do with travelling ‘up’ the country compared to ‘down’ I guess?

Ola! ‘In at the Deep End’ now in Spanish too!

mara.fuertes-gutierrez and Juan Muñoz when working at Leeds Beckett University some time ago translated ‘In at the Deep End’ into Spanish, and have now made this available to all as a Word document or pdf file. These are attached here:  In-at-the-deep-end-Spanish-translation_Tirarse-a-la-piscina.docx (8 downloads)   In-at-the-deep-end-Spanish-translation_Tirarse-a-la-piscina.pdf (5 downloads) Many thanks to Mara and Juan for translating this.

I’m also posting again the Arabic translation, and the original Leeds Beckett publications here:  In-at-the-Deep-End.pdf (8 downloads) Arabic-translation-of-in-at-the-deep-end.pdf (4 downloads)

 

Busy week, including a 30-minute Tweetchat!

On Thursday night (after the AHE Conference in Manchester on the 28th June), Sally and I will be travelling across to Oulton Hall in Yorkshire with a contingent of 20 UK and US assessment experts for 36 hour invitational seminar where we will be unpicking the differences and similarities between American and British perspectives on assessment, with a view to future collaborations and publications. Lots of National Teaching Fellows will be taking part including Fabio D’Arico, Kay Sambell, Margaret Price, Peter Hartley, Naomi Winston, Tansy Jessop, Susan Orr, Mark Schofield, Sally Brown and me! Thanks so much to Keston Fulcher and Nick Curtis of James Maddison University for involving us in making the arrangements for this.

We will be tweeting from the event and invite colleagues to join us between 6.30 and 7.00 pm on Friday 29th on the hashtag #AngloUsAssessSummit in response to the following three questions:

  1. ​​What differences have you noticed between the way Americans and British people talk about assessment?
  2. Do you think there are key structural differences between the ways in which we work on assessment, or are our principles very similar?
  3. Can you identify any literature, research or projects that would be particularly helpful; to either US or UK colleagues or both (and why do you say that?)

Do join in if you are free at that time.

Lincoln International Business School: 21st June

Here are the main slides I used in my afternoon interactive keynote (but look as I would, I couldn’t find the typo for which I lost £1 – please email me regarding which slide it was!).  Lincoln-2018-w.pptx (30 downloads)
Thank you for making Sally and I so welcome all day, and for the great presentations during the morning where you shared some of the wonderful things you are doing – very encouraging. And thanks to Debbie and her team for organising such an active day conference.
We got home in late daylight, and enjoyed the sunset in our garden with a cuppa (Sally) and a glass of red wine (me).

Solstice Conference: Edge Hill University: 7th-8th June

(Updated 9th June)
I hugely enjoyed being at this Conference again. The main slides from my morning session on 7th June are here: Edge-Hill-Solstice-2018-w.pptx (62 downloads) (with my typo spotted by Peter duly corrected of course).
Here is a transcript of the great collection of ‘what I’d like’ on blue post-its:  What-Id-like....docx (39 downloads) .
After the conference, I transcribed your inspiring range of ‘else’ ideas on the yellow post-its, and they are here:  what-else-can-we-do.docx (41 downloads)

Thanks for all the sessions I attended – so sorry to miss the parallel ones –  I learned all sorts of things with you all. Finally, I’d like to add the wonderful graphic Sarah Wright circulated on Twitter – this is just brilliant. Do go to  @Sarah__wright1 on Twitter for the original version to appreciate how good it is.

MIC Limerick: 31st May

Here are the main slides I used at Limerick today. I’ve prefaced them with the slides Dr Gwen Moore used to introduce the session, and put at the end the extra slides I used in answer to your very good questions. Limerick-MIC-2018-w.pptx (70 downloads)
Thanks for making me so welcome, and apologies for having to rush off at the end to get a train to Galway (a lovely  run), and thanks again to Gwen and her team for making all the arrangements. I hope you may have me back again before too long – perhaps for ‘Towards Inspiring Lectures’.

RCPI Dublin 29th May

Thanks for making me so welcome at the RCPI in Dublin, to run a session about fine-tuning assessment for today’s students and professions. The main slides I used can be downloaded here: Dublin-RCPI-2018-w.pptx (47 downloads)

A link to the ‘content free test’ I used to illustrate how showing students ‘wrong’ things can aid learning – in this case towards the design of good multiple-choice questions, is here:  contentfreetest.ppt (47 downloads)
A link to the SEDA blog I wrote some time ago called ‘Reflection on Demand’ is here: https://thesedablog.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/reflection-on-demand/#more-543

As always, what you can download here is just the slides – the heart of the day was the discussion around things in the slides and far beyond them. The slides themselves are no substitute for having been there, but may trigger thoughts for those who contributed to the discussions and debates. Thanks also for several Tweets.

Imperial College, London: Faculty of Medicine: Master’s Staff Conference: 23rd May

Here are the main slides I used at our session on ‘authentic assessment’ this afternoon.  Imperial-College-2018-w.pptx (66 downloads)
Note that as I explained, there’s a missing word or two from those published here – remember? Please note also I’ve thrown in two or three more slides I’d love to have discussed with you, had time allowed.
It was great to stay for the rest of the afternoon – not least to ponder the drawbacks of PowerPoint (when used badly!).