Professor Sally Brown will be visiting the University to deliver an interactive session on key issues around 21st Century assessment and feedback. Sally is an Independent Consultant in Learning, Teaching and Assessment and Emerita Professor at Leeds Beckett University where she was, until July 2010, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic). She is also Visiting Professor at the Universities of Plymouth, South Wales, Edge Hill and Liverpool John Moores. Widely published in learning, teaching and particularly assessment, she was formerly a Visiting professor at James Cook University, the University of Central Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. She holds Honorary Doctorates from Plymouth University, Kingston University and Edinburgh Napier University. She is chair of the Association of National Teaching Fellows, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, is a Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Senior Fellow and a UK National Teaching Fellow.
Assessment is a complex, nuanced and highly important process and if we want students to engage fully, we must make it really meaningful to them and convince them that there is merit in the activities we ask them to undertake. To focus students’ effort and improve their engagement with learning, we need to take a fresh look at our current practice to make sure assessment is for rather than just of learning, with students learning while they are being assessed rather than it being merely a summative end process. We also need to ensure that we provide explicit and implicit messages to students and indeed all other stakeholders about how we assess. In this participative workshop, participants will have opportunities to:
• Consider how to make assessment truly integrated with the learning process;
• Review what kinds of feedback can be helpful to students in achieving their potential;
• Discuss how we can make assessment manageable without losing the learning payoff that fit-for-purpose assessment can bring.
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