Introducing the CELEbrate keynote speaker

For this year’s CELEbrate event on 13th June we are pleased to announce that Professor Dai Hounsell will be the Keynote speaker.

The title is “Learning to Excel

How creative assessment can help students 

to make the most of their studies at BU”

What are the most important things BU students learn from their degrees? And how can we design assessment and feedback that helps them to give of their best?

This keynote will explore contrasting ways of thinking about the learning journeys of our students, and what each might imply in terms of three aspects of assessment and feedback: progressively enlarging choice; devising breadth and diversity of challenge; and enhancing students’ capacity to learn with and from one another.

Dai is a Visiting Professor with the Centre for Excellence in Learning at BU and Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the University of Edinburgh, where he was founding Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (1985-94), Professor of Higher Education (2000-12), and University Vice-Principal with responsibility for enhancing teaching and learning (2008-12) and advising on assessment and feedback (2012-14).

He has led several externally funded research and development projects on university learning, teaching and assessment, and his many publications include The Experience of Learning, What Is Active Learning?, Integrative Assessment, Leading Change in Assessment and Feedback, and the internationally renowned website Enhancing Feedback. He was awarded a Fellowship by the Society for Research into Higher Education in 2007.

Most recently (2014-16) he has been Visiting Professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Hong Kong, advising and helping to coordinate a University Grants Committee-funded Communities of Practice project concerned with two themes: wise assessment and feedback, and internationalising teaching-learning and the curriculum.

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