Assessment and feedback are key issues for the higher education sector in the UK and internationally, needing regular review - a point underlined by the tumultuous events which have affected the world in 2020. This symposium invites participants to consider our assessment and feedback practices and how these might be enhanced, improved, and made more inclusive, in pandemic and post-pandemic higher education. By way of a keynote session, participant-led workshops and presentations, and a closing plenary, the event will offer insights about these issues, as well as examples and ideas for university staff and students. Drawing on research, evidence-informed practice and broader, recent developments, the event will appeal especially to academic leaders and professional staff with roles incorporating any aspect of assessment and feedback practices.
Key themes addressed by the symposium
- The development and enhancement of assessment and feedback practices in higher education.
- Possible impacts of the pandemic on assessment and feedback – lessons learned and opportunities afforded.
- Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as a central component of assessment and feedback practices.
Keynote: The Impact of COVID-19 on Assessment and Feedback Practice: From the Emergency Phase to the Preparation Phase and Beyond
Dr Edd Pitt, University of Kent
The events of March 2020 changed Higher Education for us all. It was rapid, challenging and at times rather scary. The ways we were used to doing things suddenly had to be adapted, modified, and changed because of the situation that faced us. In this keynote I will share with you the ways in which the sector responded to the COVID-19 move to largely online learning in HE. I will discuss the implications this had for assessment and feedback practices and how educators negotiated logistical, quality assurance and practical challenges. The keynote will also report on how the sector is currently responding to the challenge of planning for Autumn 2020 delivery. In particular I will share insights into the decision’s educators are making that relate to assessment and feedback. I will focus upon how educators are thinking in different ways about how they can help students to develop feedback literacy at a distance. Further I will conclude by discussing more long-term considerations of what opportunities’ online assessment and feedback provides for both educators and students.
Dr Edd Pitt is the Programme Director for the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent, UK. Edd is also a Visiting Fellow at Deakin University, Australia within the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). His principle research field is assessment and feedback with a focus upon staff and student's emotional processing during feedback. In his most recent research, he has been collaborating with academics in the UK and Australia to further understand how educators and students develop feedback literacy.
Afternoon talk: Fair’s fair? Equity, assessment and feedback in the new 'HigherEd'
Jess Moody, Advance HE
2020 was full of revelations and revolutions. How a global crisis showed us what is possible, and what is vital, in embedding equity of assessment. How we asked, demanded, reflected on why these had not come earlier. How we stood together as a global community and asked, what is fair, and just, and authentic learning in these times? With a shift to online, the normalisation of disruption, and with chronic structural inequalities laid bare, Jess Moody invites us to consider what role feedback and assessment has in creating a more equitable higher education.
Jess Moody is a Senior Adviser at Advance HE, exploring diversity and inclusion across the staff and student lifecycles in higher education. She has supported a range of universities with their inclusive learning and teaching, and tackling of structural inequality in access and participation. With 15 years’ experience in higher education, Jess has worked with a wide range of institutions, disciplines, and policy-makers. She holds a Law degree from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture from Birkbeck, University of London.
Who should attend?
This symposium is aimed at HE lecturers, programme leaders and senior leaders who wish to improve their assessment practices and learn about the latest innovations in this area.
Who is delivering the symposium?
The symposium will be lead and facilitated by Dr Patrick Baughan, Senior Adviser, Learning and Teaching at Advance HE and Dr Erica Morris, an Advance HE Associate and higher education consultant specialising in assessment and feedback.
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