Workshops for aspiring National Teaching Fellows, 2018

Sally Brown, and other members of the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows, in conjunction with the HEA, are presenting a series of free workshops around the UK on the revised National Teaching Fellowship scheme for 2018, for aspirants and supporters. Events will be held at:

Leeds Beckett University (March 1st)
Birmingham Newman University (March 1st)
Edinburgh Napier University (March 2nd)
University of Bath (March 2nd)
University of Bournemouth (March 5th)
Ulster University, Belfast (March 7th)
Manchester Metropolitan University (March 8th)
University of South Wales Newport campus (March 9th)
University of Hertfordshire (March 9th)
Newcastle University (March 23rd)
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (March 28th)
City University, London (March 28th)

Please download the word document, showing full details of these events, and if you wish to attend one of these, please contact the person taking bookings direct at whichever location.  NTFsupport-events-2018-1-page.docx (22 downloads)

Feedback and Feedforward – Just the tips! (including for students)

Successful feedback/feed-forward needs to be a dialogue, not just a monologue from tutors, so helping students make the most of feedback is an essential part of the picture.
There are already big downloads on this website of my published writings on feedback and assessment, and they’ve been well used. However, in the link attached, I’ve separated out the ‘pure tips’, and at my last workshop used a handout of this 4-pager as an ‘on your table’ document (the ‘what’), so the discussion could centre around processes (the ‘how’) for making feedback work better – and the reasons (the ‘why’) we need to change things.  Phil-feedback-tips-3.docx (88 downloads)

University of Glasgow: Adam Smith Business School: 7th February

Great to be with you today. Thanks to Angela who arranged everything. Here are the  main slides I used (minus pictures and videos): but can you spot the slides I didn’t show you? Also, for those present only for the 2nd part of the workshop, please see the slides at the start of the first part, for other information and downloads.  Glasgow-2018-w.pptx (41 downloads) . Also great to have David Nicol there all day, to learn from his expertise and experience particularly of feedback.

Edinburgh Napier University: 7th December





Edinburgh Napier University
has now launched a brand-new series of ‘Quick Guides’ to matters relating to Assessment and Feedback, written by Kay Sambell, Sally Brown and Phil Race.
These can be downloaded from the link here: These guides are published as Open Educational Resources, and I hope colleagues in universities and colleges will find them really useful. We welcome all feedback on them. They were launched today – see photo.


How people really learn: SDF blog: October 24th

Follow the link below for my post on ‘how people really learn. which has already proved popular.
Following publication of the post, Paul Kleiman (@DrPaulKleiman) kindly tweeted disagreeing with the ‘ripples’ diagram ending the post, and in a Twitter dialogue we agreed that it should not be ‘geometric’ with hard black lines, but that for individuals all the factors ‘swirled around’ in a unique way, and Paul came up with the following visual, representing this. I love his picture. This will now be the final slide whenever I introduce the factors underpinning successful learning in workshops and keynotes – thanks Paul.
There are many more blogs of interest on the SDF site too.