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Connect Benefit Series July - ‘Celebrating success and addressing challenges in assessment’

30 Jun 2021 | Kathy Wright Advance HE's Kathy Wright introduces our Connect Benefit Series for July ‘Celebrating success and addressing obstacles in assessment’

Our Connect Benefit Series for July ‘Celebrating success and addressing obstacles in assessment’ examines the challenges academics have faced many challenges in adapting and transforming their assessment practices for remote, hybrid or occasionally socially distanced in person delivery.

Assessment practices are rooted in the context in which they are developed. Not all countries or regions have experienced extensive Covid 19 lockdowns but the situation has provoked and inspired all of us to think about how we teach, how our students learn and importantly how we can assess their achievements.

In recognition of the efforts of staff and students throughout this period, we invited staff to offer an example of their practice to others. Many stepped forward to share what they had been doing and 89 academics from 21 countries have created an artefact, which they have uploaded to an interactive map.

My vlog provides an introduction to this project. We hope you will follow the progress of the torch around the globe each day. There will be a stage of the relay at our Teaching and Learning Conference on 6 and 7 July, where some of the presenters at that conference will share a ‘trailer’ of their work.

This is a crowd-sourced project unlike anything that Advance HE has undertaken in the past. We are offering viewers a snapshot of what has been happening. We applaud all of those who have shared and we recognise that we are all working in different political, social and cultural contexts to our own, with different quality assurance systems and possibly also speaking in English as a second, third or even fourth language. Advance HE is offering a platform for examples which may interest, intrigue or even inspire visitors but as the map and associated materials are entirely a user generated resource, Advance HE is not endorsing content or views.

The artefacts produced could have been a one or two-minute video, a poster or a text document uploaded to our interactive map which, with some contributors offering materials such as handbooks and grading criteria. All have expressed a willingness to offer additional information if they are contacted by visitors to our map. Transcripts of contributions on the map will also be available where applicable. The map with go live on 1 July. 

We hope you enjoy the contributions and will join us sharing those you like on Twitter.

#AdvanceHEtorchrelay @AdvanceHE


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