We want more, we want more! That was the overarching theme from results of evaluations from recent participants on the Assessment and Feedback module I’ve been teaching on.
I have been teaching on short modules* that offer opportunities to staff to explore teaching and assessment practices at DCU. Unique to the Irish higher education setting, these academic development modules are delivered almost entirely online, providing opportunities for both DCU staff and teaching staff from other HEI’s to engage in developing their skills and capacities as teachers.
What I’m really excited about is that outcomes of the module have been extended further than the module itself. Five of the participants have disseminated their assessment related work in through blogs https://facultydiary.wordpress.com/ and http://www.libfocus.com/2016/04/peerwise-social-platform-for.html
One staff member has been invited to speak about his innovations with PeerWise:
DCU staff seem to be hungry for more professional development in the area of teaching and learning. At the moment these short modules offer [5 ECTS] opportunities for staff to ‘propose’ changes to teaching/assessment
…..but wouldn’t it be great if we could extend our work** to support staff in implementing changes to practice, thus supporting them in researching their practice as teachers!
* Module design was competed during a DRHEA project, curriculum designed by Jean Hughes, Morag, Munro, Leone Gately and Eloise Tan