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July - Celebrating success and addressing challenges in assessment

A celebration of ingenuity, resilience and generosity in adapting to changes in teaching, learning, assessment and feedback.

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.

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The Connect Benefit Series is an Advance HE member benefit and is open to colleagues at Advance HE member institutions. 

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Vlog - Introduction to the theme

In this vlog, Kathy Wright introduces this month's theme and discusses the aims and outputs of the interactive map torch relay.

Watch vlog here
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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. 

Watch vlog here
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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:

Aranee Manoharan – Bridging inclusion and employability: creating significant real-world experiences in the curriculum

Edd Pitt – The impact of Covid-19 on assessment and feedback practice: from the emergency phase to the preparation phase and beyond

Gareth Dart and Seán Bracken - Assessment insights from the margins: garnering the views of disabled learners through Lesson Study

Jess Moody (Advance HE) - Equality, diversity and inclusion in the assessment of Law: reflections from a collaborative project

Kay Sambell and Sally Brown - Changing assessment for good: building on the emergency switch to promote future-oriented assessment and feedback designs

Margaret Price - Fairness and the maintenance of academic standards during the pandemic: a position paper

Sam Elkington - Scaling up flexible assessment

Watch the main webinar recording
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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.

Download this publication
July publication
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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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Related programmes and events

Below you will find information on Advance HE programmes and events which relate to the member benefits listed above.

Services to support student success

Advance HE brings extensive experience supporting teaching, learning and student success both for the higher education sector and individual institutions. Through our tailored services we can support student success at your institution.

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Active Digital Design

Active Digital Design prioritises an active approach to learning and teaching using digital design techniques. It recognises that to engage students online and make them active learners, we need to design with a digital-first mindset. 

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Teaching Skills Masterclasses

Our Teaching Skills Masterclasses offer a flexible and evidence-based solution for the development of university-level teachers. It is aimed at exposing staff to new approaches in teaching and learning in higher education.

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Assessment and Feedback Symposium 2021

This symposium will focus on the connected areas of marking practices and feedback processes. It will offer insights and solutions for the enhancement of marking and feedback practices within departmental and institutional contexts.

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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.

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Inclusive and Equitable Assessment and Feedback Workshop

In this two-part workshop ‘Feedback’ and ‘assessment’ will be examined both as distinct areas of challenge and development, and as related elements of student learning. It will also will introduce the latest literature, practitioner learning, and sector insights.

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Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect our online network that is open to all those who work in HE providing a space where the sector can share, connect and collaborate in one place with 22,000 HE peers from 100 countries around the globe. The platform features special interest groups, events and collaborative projects. 

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