Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Good to be working in Ireland on Friday 3rd February, with Sally, on various aspects of assessment and feedback. Sally’s slides are on her website, and my main slides are here:  Blanchardstown-plenary-opening-version-5.pptx (124 downloads) Fifteen-ideas-for-reinventing-assessment-Blanchardstown-w.pptx (135 downloads) Involving-students-in-their-own-assessment-blanchardstown-2017-w.pptx (134 downloads) .

Leicester College: 6th Teaching and Learning Conference: 27th January

Great to be with you for the morning of your 6th Teaching and Learning Conference. Here are the main slides I used – but not in the same order as I used them, as I was playing with the order to fit coffee in well. Assessment-and-Feedback-Leics-2017-w-1.pptx (165 downloads)   I hope I’ve provided some food for thought – and there’s lots more in the files you can download using the inks on the slides. I wish you well on the continuation of your Journey through 2017, and hope to see you again. Thanks too for all the Tweets, and to Lisa, Anne and Stewart for making all the arrangements. All trains were on time, and I not only got to the Sage in Gateshead in time for the concert, but also the pre-concert talk (I never stop trying to learn).

University of Gloucestershire: 20th January

I thoroughly enjoyed my day with you all at Cheltenham. Here are the main slides from my keynote on how students learn: How-students-really-learn-gloucs-2017-w.pptx (190 downloads) . I’ve deleted the bits where I roamed around various other things on my machine!
Here next are the slides from the select and intensive workshop I ran with course leaders and HODs. Towards-assessment-as-feedback-gloucs-2017-w.pptx (209 downloads) . You might also like to look at some of the things I covered with the PGCAP folk on feedback in the afternoon, where I expanded on some of these things.
Finally, here are the main slides from the session on smarter feedback. Smarter-feedback-gloucs-2017-w.pptx (144 downloads) . Please note the extra slides which I’ve put in on marks getting in the way, and how we can get round this – slides 69-78, which you did not see. I’m writing this on a very full train to Newcastle – but I have a seat. Thank you all for joining in so well. There’s loads more ideas on the downloads suggested in the slides. Thanks to Hannah for arranging the whole day, and to Amanda and colleagues for looking after me on the day.

Sheffield Hallam University, January 12th

I really enjoyed our workshop together today. Many thanks to Sue Beckingham for arranging everything so well – and indeed to Peter for his authoritative voice from time to time. Here are the  main slides we used, and the file for the material on ‘building on feedback’ to adapt for your students.  building-on-feedback-w.docx (127 downloads)   SHU-2017-w.pptx (114 downloads)
You were the best group of participants I’ve had in ages – many thanks.

Huddersfield University: 11th January 2017

Great working with you all this afternoon, and thanks to Kate for her input (slides included). Here are the main slides  Hud-2017-w.pptx (116 downloads) .
It was good to meet Daniel Belton at the session; many Twitter users will know his lovely mini-review of assessment, which he has allowed me to include a link to here:
Graphical Mini Review of Assessment
We did not have time for me to defuse the 24-hour feedback bomb I dropped earlier, but this is covered in the handout material you can download from my website. Wishing you every success in implementing your action-planning ideas. And thanks for the Tweets.

Moulton College: 5th January

Here are the main slides we used today in our workshop about assessment and feedback:  Moulton-2017-W.pptx (127 downloads) All of the things we explored together aim to make assessment and feedback more manageable both for us, and for students, as well as to make time for doing more productive things and reduce time spent on ineffective (yet traditional) activities. Thanks for the Tweets, and for your work throughout the day.

University of Birmingham: Chemistry: 14th December

I thoroughly enjoyed my day working with you – and particular thanks to Natalie Rowley, NTF for looking after me throughout the day. Here are the combined slides for the two sessions I ran, as usual without most of the pictures and links (my max file size is 2Mb, hence some necessary trimming). Birmingham-2016-ww.pptx (157 downloads)
As you can tell, I got home successfully, and only 4 minutes late – well done, Crosscountry. However, the train was jam-packed full, and it took me 5 different seats to reach Newcastle (sad,
Crosscountry – there’s feedback for you). I wish you all well in tackling the issues we raised – and of course a great Christmas and fulfilling 2017.
This is most likely me ‘over and out’ for this year, so all best wishes to anyone else who reads this.

University of Huddersfield: School of Education: 1st December

Thanks for joining with me for the session ‘Towards assessment AS learning’ this afternoon. I’d like you now to think back to the hour you spent assessing one of your own assessment elements, and as a result, deepening your thinking about learning as well as reliability, validity, authenticity and manageability of assessment. Here are the main slides we used – a short file of the 14 time-saving ideas I floated, and a long one of the background and tasks.  HUd-2016-14-ideas-w.pptx (169 downloads)   Hud-2016-w.pptx (140 downloads) . (I’ve transcribed your post-it responses to the ‘if only I’ task – food for reflection?).
I look forward to seeing you again on 11th January, to follow through on how best to address feedback to students (and from students). [Sorry that not one of you Tweeted your feedback to me during the session; ‘the student voice’ becomes important in NSS 2017].
Meanwhile, have a great Christmas, and a splendid New Year.

At UEA, Norwich: 16 November

I led a workshop on ‘Making Assessment and Formative Feedback More Effective and Manageable’ at Environmental Sciences yesterday at 1400-1630, where among other things I asked participants to prioritise the top 9 of 14 ideas I introduced for doing so. I’ve divided the slides into two files the ‘main’ is the short file about the 14 suggestions, and the ‘sides’ comprise the big file of bits and pieces of background and tasks which we did.  UEA-main-w.pptx (176 downloads) UEA-sides-w.pptx (164 downloads)
In the spirit of the principles of feedback dialogue, I’ve now added a transcript of the post-its you completed at the start of the workshop, annotated with my brief replies to the points each of you raised.  Post-its-and-dialogue-w.docx (151 downloads)
I feel that you’ve moved ‘out of kilter’ with many institutions in the sector, in that I don’t believe in marking any work twice, once in draft and the next as ‘final’, with feedback at both stages. Also, as you know, feedback comments on summative work are rarely really useful to students. I know you’re doing some of these things with the best of intentions for your students, but the tasks you have set yourselves bring far too much strain – and even create some ‘learned dependency’ among students, where it’s best to use assessment to liberate them from dependency. In the ‘sides’ file, I’ve now included several extra elements which I hope will help you see the bigger picture, and gain some further ideas for new ways of moving forward with formative feedback – especially the essential ‘dialogue’ elements we discussed.
You can follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #philatuea. Thanks to Dr Gill Seyfang for arranging this event.