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Assessment and Feedback Symposium 2020: Assessment and feedback in the pandemic era: A time for learning and inclusion

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Excellence in practice
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Virtual Symposia
Assessment and feedback
Start Date
End Date
1 day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
Price From
Early Bird Rate £157; Standard Rate £175


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.
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Call for papers

We have now opened the call for contributions for this event. Colleagues are invited to submit an abstract for either a 20 minute Presentation or for a 40 minute Workshop, as detailed below.

Presentations – Colleagues are asked to submit an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the focus of the presentation and potential benefits to participants of attending. Please also provide a title and indicate how your abstract relates to one or more of the symposium themes (see above). Presentations are 20 minutes long and are to be structured to include 15 minutes ‘presentation time’ to leave sufficient opportunity for audience questions.

Workshops – Colleagues preferring a workshop format are asked to submit an abstract of up to 200 words. This should outline the focus of the workshop and online activities to be included. Please provide a title, an explanation of activities (one or more) to be included, participant ‘takeaways’ (i.e. what participants will gain from attending the workshop) and indicate how the workshop aligns to one or more of the symposium themes (see above). When planning your activities, please bear in mind that the event will be online. Facilities on Zoom such as virtual breakout rooms will be available. Workshops are 40 minutes long.

Deadline for submissions is 5pm, 11 September 2020.

Submit your abstract here

Reviewing criteria

Please note that all submissions (both presentations and workshops) will be reviewed according to the following criteria.

  • Relevance to symposium focus and themes.
  • Linkage to broader assessment and feedback landscape - including research literature (submissions should draw on at least two to three items of appropriate literature).
  • Reference to relevant evidence-informed theories, frameworks or principles about or for the enhancement of assessment and feedback practices.
  • Embedding of EDI issues in assessment and feedback processes and practices.

Proposals can address assessment, feedback, or both. We are particularly keen on receiving proposals that consider or embed EDI issues as a part of assessment and feedback processes.

Presenters will be eligible for a discounted delegate rate of £125.

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.

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.