The Connect Benefit Series throughout the month of July 2021 will celebrate HE sector colleagues around the world, and their demonstration of ingenuity, resilience and empathy to adapt to the changes in teaching, learning and assessment over the past year. We will discuss key challenges and share thought leadership, examples of good practice and practical advice, which have made a positive impact and may be maintained post – pandemic.
Outputs for this month include an interactive map showcasing the innovation of sector colleagues around the world, transcripts with some associated web links, two vlogs, an assessment and feedback publication and a live webinar.
By the end of the theme benefits those participating will have had the opportunity to:
- develop a sense of community within Advance HE’s global partnership and a sense of belonging to Advance HE
- appreciate and be able to apply to practice equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as central components of assessment and feedback in higher education today
- identify and share practical and innovative examples of pandemic assessments and learn from contributions (via interactive map, transcripts and associated materials shared by contributors)
- explore key challenges facing the sector in assessment and feedback in the pandemic and post pandemic era
- collaborate with colleagues and partners to identify possible approaches and solutions in relation to these issues.
Vlog - Launch of the interactive map torch relay
In this vlog, Professor Sally Brown and Professor Kay Sambell launch the interactive map torch relay and discuss why it is so important to promote authentic learning in different environments such as assessments done virtually.
Advance HE assessment torch bearers – Interactive map
As part of the recognition of the challenges faced by colleagues across the world in the area of assessment, Advance HE crowd sourced examples of some approaches taken to provide our map visitors with a snapshot of pandemic assessment practices. Throughout July we will be publishing several artefacts (short videos, texts or posters) each day on our map and also providing a transcript if the artefact has audio with any additional information. As the map is populated, a full transcript can be viewed here.
Below is the link to the map where you will be able to follow the progress of the torch relay by clicking on a map pin and opening up the contribution.
Please note: When viewing the map you may need to re-centre your map by zooming out of the page.
Webinar - Assessment and Feedback in a Post-Pandemic Era: A Time for Learning and Inclusion
On Thursday 22 July 9:30 BST, we hosted an interactive webinar which provided an official launch for the publication, and offered some background about it and how colleagues may wish to use it in their practice. This live event overall addressed the central issues of assessment and feedback during and ‘post’ pandemic, and the vital importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in assessment and feedback. If you were not able to attend this webinar, the recording available below.
The individual breakout room session recordings are also available to view:
Assessment and Feedback in a Post-Pandemic Era: A Time for Learning and Inclusion
Assessment and Feedback in a Post-Pandemic Era: A Time for Learning and Inclusion is a major new publication from Advance HE, addressing significant and timely issues in assessment in higher education.
The publication includes research papers, case studies and disciplinary examples all focusing on the underlying themes of assessment and feedback ‘post-pandemic’, and equality, diversity and inclusion as central components of assessment and feedback.
Advance HE Torch Relay - The Closing Ceremony
The torch relay concluded with closing ceremonies on Thursday 29 July, celebrating the success of all those involved.
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Teaching Skills Masterclasses
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Assessment and Feedback Symposium 2021
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Teaching and Learning Conference 2021: Teaching in the Spotlight: What is the Future for HE Curricula?
As we move to implementing hybrid or digital teaching, we ask what the implications are for the future for inclusive assessment and feedback approaches? Find out more at the Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 where we will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context.
Inclusive and Equitable Assessment and Feedback Workshop
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Advance HE Connect
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