Universities and schools must take action to reduce the crippling workload that teachers and academics are facing. This issue has once again been highlighted this week by the BBC, regrettably with a story about a widow who blames her husband’s HE marking workload for his tragic suicide. Follow this link to read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47296631 … Read more » about Urgent Action Needed to Tackle Marking Mountains- Is AI one solution?
Reading about the Wonkfest earlier this week reminded me of the constant search for methods to “measure” “learning”. Robert Bjork says that learning and performance are distinct. Performance is measurable but learning must be inferred from performance. Performance is easily observable whereas learning is not. Frequently, learning occurs but short term performance doesn’t, and visa versa!… Read more » about Measuring Progress VS Learning- lessons from the school classroom.
Focus On: Feedback from Assessment project Following our successful Focus On sector event in March, we are pleased to bring you a series of web-based events and activities on Feedback from Assessment. These lunchtime sessions will take place during the week of 25-29 June and are free to attend. Monday 25 June 2018, 13:30 –… Read more » about Assessment and Feedback: the QAA week 25-29 June – free online events
If you would like an opportunity to talk through assessment and feedback on your unit or programme, come along to Tuesday’s assessment drop-in sessions with Dr Shelley Thompson, the CEL Theme Leader for assessment and feedback. These are informal sessions designed to support you with your questions about assessment and feedback (formative and summative), whether… Read more » about Assessment and feedback drop-ins next week
by Dr Richard Wallis and Dr Ashley Woodfall It’s that time of year when, as teaching staff, we’re working to bring student understanding of unit assessment to the fore. There are many things that can cloud that understanding. Sometimes we might feel that student disengagement is at play, and however many times we… Read more » about Co-creating Assessment with Students: ‘Backward Design’, Agency and Assessment Clarity
The Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has for the third time running been given the accreditation of being Baby Friendly for its midwifery education. The team from UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) came to BU to assess our Midwifery programmes . We scored very highly between… Read more » about BU accredited again for its Breastfeeding Education
Apologies for cross posting, wanted to make the BU community aware that this workshops available to all BU staff – please do come along to a session FMC Guest Seminars – Researcher Development Faculty of Media and Commination is excited to be receiving a visit from Dr. John Willison from the University of Adelaide…. Read more » about FMC Guest Seminars – Student engagement, dynamic teaching and researcher development: 29 and 30th June
From an employability perspective, we often talk about the key skills required by employers with the emphasis being placed on graduates who have well developed interpersonal skills such as self awareness, the ability to communicate effectively, self management etc. However, in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, reflective practice can be a useful tool… Read more » about Reflective practice as a means to improve personal and professional effectiveness
This week saw the pre-publication of ‘Core principles to reduce current variations that exist in grading of midwifery practice in the United Kingdom’ in Nurse Education in Practice . This educational paper is co-authored by five senior midwifery lecturers across the South of England, including BU’s Dr. Susan Way in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal… Read more » about New publication on student grading in midwifery
Source: “Surface Learning’: The Patchwork Text as a Remedy for the Academic Essay” (A slightly amended version of an article published in The Guardian, Education Section, Tuesday June 10th, 2003, p.15) by Richard Winter It is, as they say, that time of year again: teaching is over and we begin to assess students’ attempts to… Read more » about Patchwork text as a remedy for the academic essay