Teaching and Learning Day DCU

Only one more sleep to Teaching and Learning Day at DCU…. that’s if I get any sleep. It’s been a hectic week. I submitted my EdD thesis at the beginning of the week!!! I will say more about that another time as I am a bit mentally exhausted after the marathon of writing/editing in the last few months! Anyway I hardly drew a breath and Teaching and Learning Day is on tomorrow.

We kick off with a student panel discussing issues and experiences of assessment and then leading into how presentations on assessment design by lecturers here at DCU.

See the timetable for more http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/teaching-and-learning-day-tickets-25774008754 

Anyway I have written some notes for the welcome address which I hope will settle participants into the assessment and feedback theme for the day:

“Assessment is the senior partner in learning and teaching. Get it wrong and the rest collapses” (Biggs & Tang, 2011, p. 221). In proposing a “preferred future” for assessment, Earl (2003) has written about the need to think beyond the pervasive practice of marks-based summative assessment of learning to consider assessment for learning and ideally assessment of learning.

To this end the DCU TEU has organised today’s T&L event so that those who teach and support teaching at DCU can share practice and experience about existing assessment elements, and their design into curriculum

We hope this will stimulate cross-disciplinary exploration of new strategies for assessment

Indeed this event contributes to the “enhancement theme” 2016-18 of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, where Assessment strategies OF, FOR and AS Learning, where discussion and debate of these topics is a major focus

There have been strong arguments to rebalance the traditional assessment in the curriculum, reducing the level of weighting given to high stakes Assessment OF Learning (summative) and giving stronger emphasis to Assessment AS and Assessment

Students’ and Teachers’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and emotions are central to enabling changes in many of these assessment tensions in higher education.

The schedule:
1.     Starting with the panel discussion of students, giving educators the opportunity to hear the student voice. What do students think and feel about assessment processes in higher education?  How are assessment processes working for them?
This panel is a very relevant discussion to highlight issues encountered by students, serving as a relevant and topical foundation for the day’s events

2.    Assessment change can be supported by professional development of staff across the disciplines who teach.  Presentations from various staff [school of Nursing and human sciences, the Institute of Education, Schools of Science, DCU business school, school of computing] each sharing practice and experience of assessment and feedback processes at DCU

3.     In the afternoon a workshop on feedback by the “Year 1 Feedback project team”  promises a lively discussion among staff on feedback

Overall this event will be a stimulus for questions:

  • How can students become more engaged with assessment enhancement?
  • How best might we promote assessment literacy among students and support students to become more engaged in the assessment process?
  • How can the curriculum and the learning environment be designed to enhance assessment?

Finally this event is important, as it brings staff from across the NEW DCU together, in situ to discuss, share, and reflect on the practices of teaching, a valuable event in the DCU calendar to plant possibilities of ideas for teaching into the next academic year

 

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About Muireann O'Keeffe

I am an educational developer currently working at DCU. I have a passion for researching and evaluating technology that can support and enhance learning. In the past I have taught on Masters programmes (Msc Applied elearning & Postgraduate Diploma in Third level Learning and Teaching) as well as Leadership development programmes.
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2 Responses to Teaching and Learning Day DCU

  1. Maha Bali says:

    Muireann – how amazing that you START with a student panel. I am jealous that you were able to do this as I struggle to include student voice in any of this at my institution and now you have spurred me to action! I will find a way to do something about this! Thank YOU

    • Thank you for your comment Maha 🙂
      The student panel was an amazing success, their experiences of assessment and feedback reflected a lot of what is said in the literature about transparency of assessment criteria and authenticity of assessment. The student comments really resonated with the teaching staff present on the day.
      The students told us they really valued feedback but knew how challenging feedback was to give to large numbers of students. Then the presentations from staff highlighted various approaches taken on assessment and feedback. (You have inspired me to write another blog post on the student panel and to include the Storify also https://storify.com/muireannOK/teaching-and-learning-day) Thank you again for showing interest in this post, as it shows that what I write is useful to others’ practice 🙂

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