Birmingham City University: Law School: 27th June

Here are the main slides I used with you in our workshop this morning Smarter Lectures (190 downloads) . Thanks for all your questions and arguments. Due, however, to the number of these, there were things I would have liked to have shared with you, but for which there was no time left. I have therefore added a few slides towards the end of the file, which should be self-sufficient. Also, there are some references in the last three slides which might be useful for those who want to catch up with some of the background to the ideas we shared.
Sadly, Birmingham New Street Station on way back as bad as ever. Web said Platform 12a. Train came in late at platform 9a. Ah well.

4th Assessment in H.E Conference: 26th June

Sally and I have had a great day at the Cumbria Conference in Birmingham. Great keynote from Margaret Price, and very interesting session from Kerry Shephard from New Zealand – thanks.
With Liz McDowell, we gave a short session on M-level Assessment. Here are the slides we used collectively Cumbria presentation (171 downloads) . These slides, and also the assessment tool which was described at the session are available on Sally’s website.
I’ve often said ‘essays are an unsafe assessment device’. Thanks, Calum Delaney, at whose session I found out a lot more WHY essays are not safe.

Cork Institute of Technology: 6th and 7th June

It is a great pleasure to be back in Cork IT again, and in such lovely weather. Here are the slides grouped together for the three workshops I ran on 6th June on assessment and feedback Cork Workshops 6th June (217 downloads) . You can find the other slides (the exam) on the ‘archived downloads’ page. You were a great group to work with – thanks for all your encouragement (and for pointing out the typos in two of my slides).
From CIT National Maritime College of Ireland: here are the main slides I used in our masterclass on 7th June Masterclass (238 downloads) . I tried to do ‘other’ things, so I didn’t repeat myself much over the two days. As you said yourselves, you had to be there to experience the tales, anecdotes and explanations around the slides. The slides themselves only have real meaning for those who were there.
Task: some of you were there on one or both days. Your task is to talk those who weren’t at whichever day through the slides they didn’t see, remembering the points I made. You know it will do you (and them) good. Again, you were a great group to work with, and I hope to be asked back next year with enough time to really explore your wonderful facilities at the College.
Many thanks to Marese Bermingham who made all this happen.
I’m off on holiday for a week and a bit with Sally in France on Monday. I hope the weather is as good as it was in Cork.

In at the Deep End: Arabic translation

Some time ago while working part-time at Leeds Met, I wrote a booklet for new lecturers in higher education called ‘In at the Deep End’. At the time, Leeds Met licensed this booklet for others to adapt for their own institutions. The booklet was also translated into Arabic. I am now able to put this translation here on my website, for anyone to download, adapt and use. I hope this will be really useful in Arabic-speaking countries. Please give me feedback about whether this is useful or not.  Arabic-translation-of-in-at-the-deep-end.pdf (40 downloads)

Here also, for anyone who would like it, is the Leeds Met version in English, under creative commons licence   In-at-the-Deep-End.pdf (87 downloads)

Valladolid and Segovia: 18-19th April

Sally is working in Spain (in Spanish quite a lot) this week, and I’m carrying the bags. However, I did join in a little. Here is the paper on self-and peer-assessment Sally referred to, and some slides I didn’t show in Segovia (my data stick didn’t like the computer), and also from Cartagena two years ago, the longer story in Spanish of the seven factors underpinning successful learning which I mentioned both in Valladolid and Segovia. Tourism tomorrow, then home to Newcastle on Sunday. Espagnol 'Making Learning Happen' (257 downloads) , self and peer assessment (248 downloads) , segovia (224 downloads) .

UWE: 15th January 2013

Here are the main slides I used in my keynote UWE (420 downloads) , and the feedback grids you can use as a starting point and adapt grids (413 downloads) . You were a great group to work with, and I very much enjoyed your four presentations, and Mark Huxham’s. I particularly warmed to Rachel’s reminding us how scary assessing students’ work was for the first time – for me it still is. May all your learning outcomes be abundantly acheived in 2013.

Cork Institute of Technology: November 14th-16th

Sally and I are enjoying three days in Cork running workshops and meeting staff. My first workshop on ‘Making Learning Happen’ was for colleagues at Crawford College of Art, and the main slides are here. Crawford (419 downloads) , and my second workshop on ‘Smarter Assessment and Feedback’ at the main campus is here Smarter assessment and feedback (481 downloads)
On 17th November, I started with a breakfast workshop on ‘student engagement and retention’ for the Department of Hospitality and Tourism (though I didn’t see breakfast, but later in the day had a splendid lunch very well served in the Training Restaurant). Here are the main slides for that workshop Hospitality and Tourism (396 downloads) .  I then went across to the Faculty of Engineering and Science, and continued on the theme of ‘Student Retention’ Engineering and Science 1 (385 downloads) , and after lunch continued further with the theme of retention but this time in online learning contexts Engineering and Science: online (382 downloads) .  I really enjoyed working with both sets of participants, and the chats before and after the various events.
On the third day, numbers were too small to do the full advertised workshops, but I’m putting the full slides I would have used for two-hour workshops, for the benefit of the staff who attended the summary ones. Making Learning Happen (431 downloads) , Large Group Teaching (382 downloads) .

Hon Doc at Plymouth

Sally and I had a great time at one of Plymouth University’s magnificent graduation ceremonies on The Hoe, where we were both awarded Honorary Doctorates in Education.
 I was particularly pleased to actually wear a hat – my first doctorate way back in 1968 was much less exciting. We would like to thank everyone at the ceremony at Plymouth, particularly PVC Pauline Kneale for making us so welcome, and reading out citations which made us feel very proud.
For me, graduations are what Universities are all about, and there is nothing quite like seeing the shining eyes of successive successful students walking across the stage to receive the proof of their success. I love the way that as students leave the marquee at Plymouth, their teaching staff are already lined up to applaud them on their exit, as they enter the next learning stage of their lives, already having proved that they are very skilled at learning.