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Assessment and Feedback

Assessment and Feedback Symposium 2021

Putting the Student at the Heart of Assessment and Feedback: Equality, Diversity and Partnership. A presenter-led virtual event to learn, discuss and share latest practices and pedagogies in assessment and feedback.
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The 2021 Advance HE Assessment and Feedback Symposium: Putting the Student at the Heart of Assessment and Feedback: Equality, Diversity and Partnership will focus on the important and intersecting issues of equality, diversity and partnership. It will provide an opportunity to discuss ideas and strategies for putting the student ‘at the heart’ of assessment and feedback processes, including: assessing to prioritise student learning; emphasising dialogic approaches; enabling students to have agency and involvement in their assessment and feedback; and assessing for all students – supporting equality, diversity and inclusion. We invite participants to consider how assessment and feedback practices can be enhanced and made more inclusive in a way that focuses on the student, whilst also acknowledging the more established purposes that such processes must fulfil.

The event will include two keynote papers, participant-led workshops and presentations, and a special session on the new Advance HE assessment and feedback publication - 

The symposium will focus on the important and intersecting issues of equality, diversity and partnership. It will provide an opportunity to discuss ideas and strategies for putting the student ‘at the heart’ of assessment and feedback processes, including: assessing to prioritise student learning; emphasising dialogic approaches; enabling students to have agency and involvement in their assessment and feedback; and assessing for all students – supporting equality, diversity and inclusion. We invite participants to consider how assessment and feedback practices can be enhanced and made more inclusive in a way that focuses on the student, whilst also acknowledging the more established purposes that such processes must fulfil.

The event will include two keynote papers, participant-led workshops and presentations, and a special session on the major new Advance HE compendium Assessment and Feedback in a Post-Pandemic Era: A Time for Learning and Inclusion.

Date: 4-5 November 2021
Location: Virtual
Who: HE lecturers, programme leaders and senior leaders

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Format

Drawing on research, evidence-informed practice, frameworks, recent developments principles and practices, the event and based upon stimulus presentations and case studies, the symposium will provide attendees with a space in which they can exchange and disseminate new and different ways of thinking about assessment and feedback.

Spanning two days, this virtual event, by way of a keynote session, oral presentations and workshops, will provide a space to discuss and share latest practices in assessment and feedback among a network of peers.

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Symposium aims

The aims of this symposium are to: provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in assessment and feedback; provide evidence-informed examples and ideas for university staff and students to overcome the challenges of assessment and feedback in higher education.

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Key themes addressed by the symposium

  • Student-staff partnership in relation to all aspects of assessment and feedback.
  • Student led initiatives in assessment and feedback.
  • Foregrounding student needs and learning in assessment.
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as a central element of assessment and feedback practices, including in the current ‘pandemic landscape’.
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Call for papers

The call for papers for this event is now open.

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 150-200 words outlining the focus of the presentation and potential benefits to participants of attending. Please 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, leaving sufficient opportunity for audience questions.

Workshops – Those preferring a workshop format are asked to submit an abstract of 175-200 words. This should outline the focus of the workshop and, importantly, online activities to be included. Please provide a title, an explanation of activities (one or more), 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. Workshops are 40 minutes long. When planning your activities, please bear in mind that we will be online. Facilities on Zoom, such as virtual breakout rooms will be available.

We would be especially keen to receive staff-student submissions, featuring staff and students facilitating papers or workshops together.

All abstracts should be submitted online by 17:00 (GMT) 7 September 2021, using the link below.

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Keynote speaker

Dr Joanna Tai - What does it mean to put the student at the heart of assessment and feedback?

Joanna Tai is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. Her research interests include student experiences of learning and assessment from university to the workplace, peer learning, feedback and assessment literacy, developing capacity for evaluative judgement, and research synthesis.

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Dr Joanna Tai

In addition, Dawn Jones and Lynn Ellison (Wolverhampton Law School) will provide a compelling new paper: Is Feedback Fit for Purpose? Why it is critical that there is synergy between staff intention and student understanding. This paper will explore the dissonance identified, in terms of staff intention and student understanding, of the language used in feedback and why synergy is necessary if the aims of feedback are to be achieved. The authors will go on to discuss how the results of their research have been used to put students at the forefront of feedback with the aim of improving performance for all students.

There will also be a special session about the major new Advance HE compendium Assessment and Feedback in a Post-Pandemic Era: A Time for Learning and Inclusion, which was published in July 2021, incorporates the work of some 45 authors, and can be downloaded by members from the Advance HE website.

Download your copy of the compendium here