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Transforming Assessment

This two day event explored assessment and feedback practice at the university as well as emerging practices within the sector.

When Nov 15, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017
from 12:00 - 13:30
Where Learning Lab, An Lòchran, Inverness Campus or online
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Contact Phone 279486
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Learning and Teaching Enhancement Values

This event mapped to the following values:
  • Assessment and feedback for learning
  • Integrated and sustainable teaching practices
  • Learning choice and personalisation


Shaping practice with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy: Professor Keith Smyth, Learning and Teaching Academy

This workshop explored the assessment and feedback dimensions of the university's new Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy 2017-2021.


Exploring TESTA: Dr Alex Buckley, University of Strathclyde

In this session, Dr Buckley introduced the theoretical underpinnings of TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment); a programme-wide approach to transforming assessment practices in order to engage students and foster deeper learning.



Exploring the personal experience of learning to enhance our assessment and feedback practice as educators: Dr Alice Mongiello (Inverness College UHI) and Ann Tilbury (EDU)

This session explored what it means to be a learner and how our understanding of our own experiences of learning can be used to enhance our assessment and feedback practice as educators.


Staff and student perceptions of feedback:  Dr Alex Buckley, University of Strathclyde

Dr Buckley presented research evidence emerging from the application of TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment) at the University of Strathclyde which reveals a difference in the perception of feedback between staff and students.





Professor Keith Smyth: Professor of Pedagogy, UHI


Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the university, and leads the Learning and Teaching Academy. Keith works with colleagues across the university on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects and supporting staff to engage in educational research. Much of this work is taken forward through the activities of the Learning and Teaching Academy.

Keith has particular interests in co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open education, technology-enhanced learning, educational strategy and policy, and developing pedagogic research and scholarship. He has written and presented widely in these areas, and has undertaken funded projects for organisations including the Higher Education Academy, JISC, Scottish Funding Council and NHS.




Dr Alice Mongiello: Programme Leader BA Childhod Practice ,Inverness College UHI

In 2015 Alice completed a Doctorate of Education (EdD). Her doctoral research explored ways in which graduates’ lives were transformed as a result of completing an online degree. Alice is particularly interested in learners’ individual journeys. In 2016 Alice successfully became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)     

Ann Tilbury: Academic Skills Developer, UHI

Ann is part of the Educational Development Unit at the university.  Ann's main role is to facilitate skills enhancement, including the design and delivery of a wide range of skills development opportunities for teaching staff in the field of technology and enhanced learning.




Dr Alex Buckley: Learning Enhancement Adviser, University of Strathclyde

Alex's role is to support and develop university-wide initiatives to improve learning and teaching and is focused on three areas: student transitions, graduate attributes and sharing effective practice in L&T.

Before Strathclyde, Alex was Surveys Manager at the Higher Education Academy, where he developed the UK Engagement Survey. Prior to that he taught applied and professional ethics at the University of Leeds, after receiving a PhD in philosophy from the same institution in 2008.