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  1. amiddlet50

    Creative Assessment – what is it?

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    In higher education assessment is recognised as a driving force for student engagement and curriculum design. How does this tally with a desire for active student-centred learning? How can it accommodate the artistry in the academic practitioner who seeks to … Continue reading ?
  2. amiddlet50

    Being smarter than AI – rethinking our assessment design?

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    The discussion channels used by educational developers have been dominated by the topic of ChatGPT since the New Year. There are two dimensions to this: concerns over academic integrity and the opportunity ChatGPT and other AI tools bring to assessment. … Continue reading ?
  3. amiddlet50

    Playing with divergence and convergence: designing #ActiveLearning

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    Active learning is a process of opening up and closing down possibilities. Whether you look at course, module, session or activity design, knowing that your role as an academic is to play with divergence and convergence can be really helpful. … Continue reading ?
  4. amiddlet50

    Feedback: where learning begins #activelearning

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    While the title of this post is intentionally contentious, it allows me to reflect on one or two recent discussions and reinforce some key ideas about active learning design, especially in the context of ‘unified’ active learning (UAL): how it … Continue reading ?
  5. amiddlet50

    Table gallery for Media-Enhanced Teaching & Learning #activelearning #ARUengage

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    I led three workshops at yesterday’s Engage Learning & Teaching conference at Anglia Ruskin University.. In one of them, I used the table gallery technique that I turn to frequently as a way to engage participants in topics where there … Continue reading
  6. amiddlet50

    #Twalk – a new active pedagogy explained

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    This post, and the ones that will follow, reflect on the Twalk as a pedagogy. In particular, I consider how students can draw upon the conversational activity and use the data it generates as the basis for developing and explaining … Continue reading
  7. amiddlet50

    Celebrate #imperfection. Challenge resilience.

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    I listed to Thomas Curran’s TedTalk ‘Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse’ before I left for work this morning. Curran warns against perfectionism, and his warning kept me thinking all day. Here are three mini-stories that explain why … Continue reading
  8. amiddlet50

    C is for course of course

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    Building upon research I conducted with student-nominated inspirational teachers in 2014 and then developed with colleagues here at SHU, to relate my work to the NSS, I have been working closely with all academic staff across three departments this year … Continue reading
  9. amiddlet50

    The future is active – implications for future academic practice

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    I have been thinking about the future academic and the implications for academic development recently. The Open University’s ‘Innovating Pedagogy’ is an insightful annual report (http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/innovating/), though I would love to see one for 2018. I have seen Mike Shales … Continue reading
  10. amiddlet50

    Enjoyment, anticipation, challenge as factors affecting personal intrinsic investment #heutagogy

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    In our research-informed development activities looking at learner non-engagement with formative assessment, with group work or with engaging in feedback, it is becoming clear that the lack of space given to developing learner ‘buy-in’ or developing ‘want’ is highly significant … Continue reading
  11. amiddlet50

    B plus or A minus? Assessment in the creative disciplines

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    I attended ‘B plus or A minus? Assessment in the creative disciplines’, part of a programme of events being run by the University of the Arts London last week. The venue, Central St Martin’s (CSM) new Granary Wharfe, is a … Continue reading
  12. amiddlet50

    “Things that the mind already knows” – what is an assessment? #assessment #briefing

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    The American artist Jasper Johns, whose retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy closed over the weekend, was fascinated with exploring the theme ‘Things that the Mind Already Knows’. He is perhaps best known for his interest in iconographic images, especially … Continue reading
  13. amiddlet50

    Learning obscured due to overcrowding

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    Following on from my previous post on the criticality of students being clear about their assessment, I note that Black & Wiliam (1998, pp. 9-10) make similar points, while talking about self-assessment, about the engagement of students with their assessment. … Continue reading

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