University of Derby: 12th December

Great working with so many of you at Derby University today, and linking current thinking in best practice regarding assessment and feedback to your excellent Strategy there. Well done for having Gold in the TEF – I can see that this is well deserved, and wish you success in the next round. I hope you didn’t mind me challenging some traditional assessment and feedback processes, or hurrying you through some exercises on feedback which you may wish to revisit in a leisurely manner in your own contexts. Thanks for all the Tweets. Well done to the participant who found my typo and won £1, (which I’ve now corrected). The main slides I used are here:  Derby-2018-w.pptx (150 downloads)

UCLAN: 6th December 2018

I really enjoyed working with you  today on ‘Making Feedback Effective’. In particular, thanks for rating the six feedback processes I set you out of 10, and adding up scores for each, in various stages considering four factors affecting their implementation. I am looking forward to studying the results post-its, and continuing to develop these ideas. Thanks too to the participant who won £1 by identifying a typo on one of the slides! But no Tweets today? Was it something I said?
I look forward to working with you again in March next year, when we’ll turn out attention to ‘Re-inventing Assessment’. Meanwhile, the slides from today’s session are here:  UCLAN-2018-2-w.pptx (218 downloads) .
Finally, may I wish you all rest, peace and joy during the next few weeks.

‘Beyond the tyranny of learning outcomes’: SEDA workshop, 16th November

I very much enjoyed leading a great group of participants through some thinking about learning outcomes at my workshop at the SEDA Conference in Birmingham on November 16th.
Here, I’m posting the main slides I used, with a few added ‘bonus slides’ as well;  SEDA-2018-w.pptx (112 downloads)
In addition, you can here download what participants came up with on post-its at the session – a remarkable amount of thinking in just a 45-minute session – well done!  SEDA-Workshop-Products-w.docx (57 downloads)
I’m also posting Robert Nelson’s THE piece referred to in the slides:  Robert-Nelson-THE-learning-outcomes-piece.docx (194 downloads) , and Donna Hurford’s survey of the learning outcomes of PGCert programmes, also mentioned in the slides:  Donna-Hurfords-collection-of-LOs-w.docx (62 downloads) , and for good measure my own controversial THE piece about assessing coursework essays:  Phil-Race-THE-article-on-assessed-essays-Sept-18.docx (179 downloads)

UCLAN Medicine and Dentistry: 20th September

I got here this time. It only took 10 hours on trains yesterday from Newcastle to Hexham (where I aborted my plan to travel via Carlisle as there were no longer any trains South – or North therefrom), so returned to Newcastle where there were also no trains North or South (all day, they said), but eventually joined one from Aberdeen 4 hours late, which went East, to Sunderland, Harlepool, then York, and apart from two cancelled trains to Manchester and Preston, eventually got there.
I was so glad I did, as you were a great group to work with, and I very much look forward to seeing you again in December. I’m now back in wet Newcastle after a very smooth and punctual journey – via Carlisle again. Here are the main slides I used, and also the word document of the HEA UKPSF stuff. Thanks too for all the Tweets.  UCLAN-2018-w-2.pptx (116 downloads)   ukpsf-details-on-one-sheet-w.docx (185 downloads)

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 (224 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?