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Considering assessment in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic

08 Apr 2020 | Dr Patrick Baughan A new webinar hosted by Advance HE is set to address some of the pedagogic challenges we are all now facing in higher education, focusing on assessment and feedback.

Moving Assessment Online: Key Principles for Inclusion, Pedagogy and Practice on Thursday 9 April is a member-only benefit with Dr Patrick Baughan, Senior Adviser for Learning and Teaching at Advance HE.

Assessment has provided a particularly demanding issue, in which rapid decisions have been made and assessment tasks have been revised and migrated online, with consequences for the assessment methods used and the nature of feedback that can be given. Drawing on the expertise of three speakers, the webinar addresses areas such as ensuring that assessment online retains a learning-based emphasis for all students, options and strategies for feedback when working in an online-only environment, quality issues in online assessment, the role of external examiners and student support including diversity and inclusion issues.

We have three expert speakers who will provide contributions by way of vignette presentations:

  • Professor David Carless, based at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong is a world-leading researcher of feedback in higher education
  • Jess Moody, Senior Adviser at Advance HE, whose work focuses on the equality aspects of social mobility and student diversity in higher education, as well as leading on work around the protected characteristics of sexual orientation and religion and belief
  • Dr Geoff Stokes, Special Adviser at Advance HE, leading on the Degree Standards (External Examining) project, as well as the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), External Examining and Learning Gain. 

Following the presentations, the webinar will feature a live Q&A. It will also be recorded and made available to all Advance HE members. The webinar is taking place twice on the day, at 09.00BST and 13.00BST. Colleagues are asked to book for just one event as the presentations and format will be the same at both.

We hope you find this a timely and valuable event, and one which will provide some support during these difficult times.

Find out more and book now


Dr Patrick Baughan is a Senior Learning Advisor at Advance HE, his work focusing on areas including learning, teaching, assessment and sustainability in higher education. His role involves supporting universities in the UK and internationally in these areas. Patrick is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and he co-convenes the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Network for the Society for Research into Higher Education.


At Advance HE, we want our member benefits to be accessible to as many of our members as possible. All webinars in the Connect Event Series are recorded and available to watch at your convenience via the member benefits group on Advance HE Connect.

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