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Category: <span>Alternative Assessment</span>

Agile Course Design for Professional Education

Reading Time: < 1 minute About this course In June 2020, the EdClinEd team at the University of Edinburgh, with help from some world-leading educational scholars, developed and ran an online course to help lecturers in healthcare education to design their own online/hybrid courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have now made the course workbook available for …

Generating Immersive Large-Scale Virtual Field Work for Zoology Students

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post, Richard Fitzpatrick (Deanery of Biomedical Sciences) & Prof Tom Little (School of Biology) describe a project that creates a digital environment that faithfully replicates field work experience for both students and educators using the game Minecraft and Virtual Reality… Generating Immersive Large-Scale Virtual Field Work for Zoology …

Designing and Structuring Discussion Forums

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve all had to adjust how we approach our teaching this year and explore the tools we have available to us in the digital teaching and learning environment. There are many tools that enable us to design activities that we hope will engage and motivate our students including the discussion …

Locating Bias in Higher Education Marking Practices

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post from Advance HE,  Hannah Borkin a mixed-methods researcher at Advance HE shares some of the findings on the prevalence of bias in assessment and marking as part of wider efforts to address systemic inequalities… Locating bias in higher education marking practices Nov 27, 2020

Learning From The First Wave of Students’ Covid-19 Complaints

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this blog post on WONKE, Felicity Mitchell (Independent Adjudicator at OIA) reflects on the first wave of student complaints linked to lock down. While OIA only covers England & Wales some of the themes and issues are likely to be relevant to other institutions… Learning from the first wave …

Encouraging Language Exchanges in a Restricted World

Reading Time: < 1 minute The eTandem Global programme launched in 2020 to offer students a practical language exchange in the wake of restrictions introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme, coordinated by the Study and Work Away team, is a fully digital opportunity for Edinburgh students to partner with students from other institutions around …

Assessment and Social Justice in the Hybrid University

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this video, Vel McCune from IAD and Jan McArthur, a former colleague and now a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University, discuss how to design assessment for social justice in a hybrid context. You can also download this conversation as a Podcast. Oct 29, 2020

A Strange Mix of Emotions

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post and illustration, recent Edinburgh College of Art graduate Hannah Riordan reflects on her experience of learning digitally during the final months of her degree and highlights the challenges and opportunities that it raised for assessment, student engagement and well-being. A Strange Mix of Emotions Image Credit: Illustration, …

Assessment During A Crisis: Responding to a Global Pandemic

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here is a survey conducted in June 2020 by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment in the United States designed to capture a snapshot of assessment-related changes made during Spring 2020 in response to the sudden shift to remote instruction and to help determine remaining professional development needs.  The …

Assessment, Learning and Teaching in HE: Covid-19 Assessment Collection

Reading Time: < 1 minute This page collects together the various posts and downloads published on Assessment, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education since March 2020, about how university assessment may be adjusted and reimagined in the context of the pandemic affecting much of the world. Sally Brown is a well-known independent consultant in University …


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