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New Academic Development workshops for semester 2

New Academic development workshops for semester 2

New for semester 2: Skills for Feedback

Effective feedback is widely acknowledged as one of the ‘most powerful influences on student achievement’ (Hattie and Timperley, 2007). However, as NSS data highlights, student perceptions of the effectiveness of feedback remain a longstanding area of challenge for universities.

This series of academic development workshops will introduce academic and teaching staff to evidenced-based approaches, tools and resources for designing and developing effective feedback for students.

The workshops can be booked individually or as part of a suite of workshops

This practical and reflective workshop explores curriculum design and pedagogic strategies for supporting students to develop feedback literary, the ability to engage with their feedback for continuous learning (Carless and Boud, 2018, Sansavior, 2021). This workshop is timetabled to support staff during the A1 marking period and the first few weeks of semester as they map out their approaches to module and programme-level feedback.

The workshop provides:

  • An introduction to the principles of good feedback
  • Approaches to designing feedback literacy into the module and programme
  • Strategies for promoting engagement with ‒ and learning from ‒ feedback
  • Supporting resources aimed at students.

This is an online session and will last approximately 1 hour with time for questions and is available all to University of Sussex staff.

17th January 2022, 2.00-3.00pm    Visit the eventbrite booking page

20th January 2022, 2.00-3.00pm    Visit the eventbrite booking page

27th January 2022, 2.00-3.00pm    Visit the eventbrite booking page

3rd February 2022, 2.00-3.00pm    Visit the eventbrite booking page

This workshop builds on David Carless’ promotion of video and audio feedback in The Strategic Themes in Assessment and Feedback Series. Carless recommended this method of feedback as a way of building rapport with students, and as a means of communicating in a nuanced and time-effective way. Providing both pedagogical and practical guidance, this workshop draws on relevant academic literature to discuss the advantages and challenges of video and audio feedback, while also showing you how to record and upload your feedback via Canvas.

This workshop provides: 

  • The pedagogical benefits of video and audio feedback 
  • The practical steps of delivering effective video and audio feedback 
  • Examples of successful video and audio feedback  

This is an online session and will last approximately 1 hour with time for questions and is available all to University of Sussex staff.

14th February 2022, 2.00-3.00pm   Visit the eventbrite booking page

21st February 2022, 2.00-3.00pm   Visit the eventbrite booking page

1st March 2022, 2.00-3.00pm          Visit the eventbrite booking page  

 Exemplars are examples of prior student assessments, '...chosen so as to be typical of designated levels of quality or competence. The exemplars are not the standards themselves, but are indicative of them...' (Sadler, 1987).

 Using exemplars can help develop students' assessment literacy, they can also help you by reducing the amount of effort during marking devoted to picking up common errors in your feedback. Through formative assessment activities, exemplars can be a rich source of feedback for students to self-assess and to work with their peers in identifying common pitfalls of an assessment.

As we seek to diversify assessment through flexible and authentic assessments, a broader range of assessment types and modes is used, increasing the need to support students in visualising what a strong, or not so strong submission looks like. For example, we can't assume our students know what a Take Away Paper (TAP) submission looks like.

In this session we will explore the use of exemplars by:

  • Understanding how to acquire exemplars. 
  • Understanding how they differ from model answers. 
  • Highlighting what the literature tells us about why they are a useful tool. 
  • Providing examples of how to embed them within your teaching and learning activities. 
  • We will also address questions which arise around academic misconduct. 

This is an online session and will last approximately 1 hour with time for questions and is available all to University of Sussex staff.

31st January 2022, 2.00-3.00pm      Visit the eventbrite booking page

16th February 2022, 2.00-3.00pm    Visit the eventbrite booking page

 

New for semester 2: Skills for Assessment Design

This series of academic development workshops and drop-ins will introduce academic and teaching staff to tools and resources to support the design of effective assessment for learning.

In this session we will explore flexible assessment, explicitly from an inclusion perspective. What it is and isn't, what the benefits are to being more flexible in our assessments and where to start. Focusing on what we can achieve without module change requests or other significant adjustments. We'll look at where you can enable student agency in existing summative and formative assessment modes.

In this workshop we will explore flexible assessment through:

  • Defining what it is and what it is not
  • Discussing the benefits of flexible assessment for inclusion
  • Work with examples of your own assessments to find opportunities for enhancement
  • Discussing impacts on formative assessment to support these shifts in assessment practice.
  • Discussing longer term strategies that you may wish to consider, for example alternative modes of assessment.

After signing up for this workshop you will receive some resources including a 5-minute video and a short task (5-10 minutes). Completing these ahead of the session will enable you to get the most of the workshop.

This is an online session and will last approximately 1 hour with time for questions and is available all to University of Sussex staff.

7th February 2022, 2.00-3.00pm        Visit the eventbrite booking page

23rd February 2022, 2.00-3.00pm      Visit the eventbrite booking page

 

‘Real world learning’ involves connecting subject knowledge to real world learning experiences and problem solving to develop deeper understanding and hone essential skills. It might variously be termed authentic learning, situated learning or experiential learning, amongst others. In this session we will explore how embedding real-world learning and authentic assessment in the curriculum can empower students to apply and contextualise their knowledge and, in the process, enhance their employability.

This workshop provides:

  • An introduction to the benefits and challenges of embedding real world learning
  • Approaches to incorporating real-world learning and authentic assessment into the curriculum
  • Strategies for sourcing real world inputs and examples

This is an online session and will last approximately 1 hour with time for questions and is available all to University of Sussex staff.

8th February 2022,12.00-1.00pm    Visit the eventbrite booking page 

3rd March 2022, 2.00-3.00pm         Visit the eventbrite booking page

 

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