Essay Feedback via Screencasting

Interesting – have seen a few people experimenting with on-screen marking – general consensus was took longer – but this article indicates actually starting to save time: A simple, inexpensive technique allowing lecturers to record personalised video feedback while marking papers is being used to improve the student experience, and could be scaled up to help online learners. Lecturers at Cardiff Metropolitan University are using screen-capture technology to give students the impression of being present Continue Reading →

Feedback: Before, During, After

I’m currently working on a project called ‘FASTECH’, funded by JISC, so any stories on Feedback/Assessment are of interest. I’ve also been working on a module called Manipulating Media for the past 18 months, which we’ve developed with clear expectations of the assignment, ongoing ‘consultancy’, and a mix of peer/tutor feedback: In a paper entitled “Reconceptualising assessment feedback: A key to improving student learning?”, published in the latest issue of Studies in Higher Education, the researchers Continue Reading →

JISC e-Learning Webinars: Making Assessment Count

Friday 3rd February 2012 1-2pm Online via Blackboard Collaborate Presenters: Professor Peter Chatterton (Daedalus e-World Ltd) and Professor Gunter Saunders (University of Westminster) The objective of Making Assessment Count is primarily to help students engage more closely with the assessment process, either at the stage where they are addressing an assignment or at the stage when they receive feedback on a completed assignment. In addition an underlying theme of MAC is to use technology to help connect student Continue Reading →

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age Workshops @jisc

From challenge to change… Using principles of good practice, work with colleagues towards an effective model for the use of technology in assessment and feedback. A series of free workshops based around the JISC Effective Assessment in a Digital Age publication and associated online resources will take place during January – March 2011. Workshops will be held in London (20 January 2011), Birmingham (16th February 2011), Bristol (March 2011, date to be confirmed) and Newcastle Continue Reading →

Assessment for Learning #iblc10

 Assessment for Learning Mark Russell, Dominic Byrne Issues in the sector with assessment… Assessment is one of the drivers of learning, all learning leads to assessment.. End-loaded assessment, lack of student engagement in the course itself & rising student numbers. Summative assessment model has pushed out the formative assessment largely… chances of low-stake assessment/feedback & feed-forward opportunities are lowered – and students don’t get a great experience from this. Uni of Herts perspective – support Continue Reading →

Coaching in Higher Education: How Training as a life coach has affected the way I teach

Below is the abstract from a 20-minute presentation I will be giving on Wednesday as a part of my assessment towards my PGCLTHE. When the other assessments are complete, which they will be this summer, I will become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. “Since the 1990s the field of coaching has grown in professionalism, and now affects most business sectors. Having taught in Higher Education since 1998, in 2009 I trained as a Continue Reading →

"Never mind the pedagogy…"

There seemed to have been rather a lot of discussion in 2009 about whether the VLE or Virtual Learning Environment was alive or dead (including the ALT-C 2009 debate), and the rise of the PLE (Personal Learning Environment). I’m very interested in PLEs and informal learning and have blogged and vlogged about the concept. I’ve perhaps been less interested in VLEs. They seem to serve an institutional purpose, but always seemed to constrain the means Continue Reading →