The Assessment Exchange took place at City Campus and celebrated successful approaches to assessment practice from across the university. The programme included a range of quick fire presentations from academics who have developed new techniques to enhance their practice. A series of longer change stories were also presented which went into more depth and the workshops offered opportunities to develop new skills and to contribute to discussions such as ‘The Purpose of Assessment’ and how to take a course-wide approach to assessment design.
Our keynote, Professor David Nicol, repeated his workshop on ‘Peer Review: Rethinking Feedback’ – his current research focus. The role of technology and the need for digital capability is growing in importance in the University and was a recurring theme in the programme, including the Assessment Journey Programme.
Colleagues from the Assessment Journey Programme were available throughout the day with resources, guidance and ‘Show and Tell’ opportunities on topics including: voice recognition software, inline marking, audio feedback, feedback rubrics, screencasting and more. For more information on the Assessment Journey Programme, please see: https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/ajp/
Keynote speaker: David Nicol is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the University of Strathclyde. He was previously Deputy Director of the Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement and Director of REAP, the Re-engineering Assessment Practices project (www.reap.ac.uk), a £1m project examining how new technologies might support improved assessment and feedback practices in three Scottish universities. David is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster and Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. David has published widely on assessment and feedback, on e-learning and change management in HE. He is collaborating with partners in Spain, Australia and the UK on assessment and feedback projects. Some of David’s recent research on peer review can be accessed through the REAP website at http://www.reap.ac.uk/PEERToolkit.aspx.