Assessment in Higher Education Online 2014

Week 5

Week 5 activities

When observing teaching, I often suggest to colleagues that they try to avoid apologising or explaining why something hasn’t worked. It’s amazing how many of us start a session that way (including me, although now I’m aware of it, I do try to avoid it). But I have to apologise this week, because we forgot to record this week’s webinar. I can only offer you the chat transcript and the powerpoint file (also embedded at the end of this post).

Topic 5 is all about feedback on assessed work, and the activity involves an analysis of a piece of your own feedback. This is a really interesting exercise provided by colleagues at the Institute of Education in London, and I’m going to post my own in the Google+ community later in the week.

For those who have found themselves unable to keep up with activities, then don’t worry, everything is still here to be caught up with and we will continue to respond to comments and submitted activities, so you can join in at any time.

The next webinar is on Friday 20 June at 12pm UK time – check here for the time in your timezone.

I propose a Tweetchat this week on Wednesday 18 June at 2pm UK time – check here for the time in your timezone.


Embedded version of slides from Week 5 webinar




Week 4

Thanks to everyone who attended today’s webinar on marking criteria. The recording is now available here. Rod has annotated the chat transcript so that it makes more sense if you weren’t there, and it’s also available here as a Word file: Webinar 4 – Chat Text. The slides are also available:

I’ll update this post during the week with more information about the TweetChat on Thursday and next week’s webinar. In the meantime, the question and task for topic 4 are both available to be getting on with.


Week 3

Webinar 3

Thanks to everyone who attended Friday’s webinar to launch Topic 3. It may have involved a lot of typing on your part, but it was worth it for the interesting ideas. We talked about barriers to participation in online courses and considered whether this could be considered in parallel with participation in assessment activity, particularly formative activity. People shared their experiences and motivations, and we talked about what kinds of support students find useful. If you’d like to read the transcript, it’s available here: available here (Word file) (don’t judge us for spelling and grammar, we were trying to go at quite a speed!). The webinar recording is also available.

Topic 3

Discussion about  topic 3 is going on over in the Google+ community and is focused on what students need to know about assignments. The task for topic 3 is to review the information and support associated with an existing assignment you’re familiar with. For more information about getting feedback on this analysis, see this page. Anyone is welcome to undertake the tasks, and we will give feedback. You don’t have to be planning to do the assignment and you don’t have to be a member of staff at MMU; you don’t have to have submitted anything previously either.

We look forward to seeing or hearing from you during the week.

Tweetchat Thursday 5 June, 12pm

We’re having a TweetChat at 12pm UK time on Thursday 5 June. You will need a Twitter account to contribute, but you can read without having one. You can also create an anonymous account if you prefer. In any case, we’ll post a summary after the event. You can follow the chat at – Update – the summary of the chat is now available. Thanks to all who contributed.

What’s a TweetChat? See this link for an introduction.

Click here to find the time in your timezone.

Webinar 4 Friday 6 June, 12pm

We’ll be reviewing topic 3 and introducing topic 4 in this session.

Go to the webinar room any time before the session to set up your audio, and on the day to participate.

Click here to check the time in your timezone.

Week 2 update

It’s almost the end of Week 2, so this is a rather belated update, and will be short. I’ve actually been in Austria this week, talking about assessment with a partner institution*, which may show that being interested in assessment leads to interesting travel. I don’t know if I can prove that scientifically, but we can surely give it a try. Where has your interest in assessment taken you?

This week is a school holiday in the UK, which may explain why the Google community has been relatively quiet, but topic 2 will remain open for discussion. One brave person has submitted their task to the community to comment on – what do you think of Sam’s ideas? Have you any experience of using peer review, as Anne has suggested in response? How did it go?

Topic 3 is available if people want to get started on it. We’re moving on to look at what information students need in relation to assessment, and how they can best be supported. In tomorrow’s webinar, we’ll be talking about this and drawing on your experiences as learners and teachers.

*This college specialises in hospitality management, which explains the decor in the seminar room, but I think everyone should consider this kind of furnishing.

photo of wine bottles in seminar room

Week 2

Thanks to everyone who participated in the webinar – there were some brilliant on-the-spot ideas for designing tasks for a particular set of learning outcomes – I may well be stealing some of these! We also talked about the implications of making particular task choices.  The recording of the webinar is now available and the slides from the webinar are posted on SlideShare.

The full details of Topic 2 are available now and you can check out how to engage with us and send us your responses to tasks from this page.

Week 1 update

Hands typing on a computer keyboard.It was great to see so many people at Friday’s webinar and engaging in the Google+ Community about this week’s topic. Thank you! I was just wondering what did you do next in relation to Assessment in HE (choose as many as apply)?

  1. Returned to a dispiriting pile of marking
  2. Returned to a fabulous pile of marking
  3. Rushed off to answer the question in the Google+ Community 
  4. Looked at the Google+ Community  and felt pale at the thought of keeping up with all of those comments
  5. Planned to definitely complete the task by Thursday afternoon. Probably. Work permitting.
  6. Made a note to do a bit of reading
  7. Thought about doing the webinar next week and then maybe decide after that whether to engage a bit more
  8. Did lots of work on your own regarding assessment
  9. Meh*
  10. Decided that this online course wasn’t for you (if that was the case, though…why are you reading this?)

We know it’s difficult to engage with an online course. Some of us have a few failed MOOC attempts behind us. This course is meant to be open and flexible. Do with it what you will. It’s encouraging to everyone in the community if there is a bit of interaction, though, so do contribute where you can. We’ve posted up some ideas about engaging but do feel able to contribute your own ideas too.

On Wednesday 21 May 2014 there will be a TweetChat** discussing this week’s topic at 7pm UK time. Check for the time in your timezone. Apologies for those East of the UK, this probably isn’t a very good time. Feel free to organise an event at a better time and we’ll do our best to attend!

Thursday 22 May sometime in the evening, UK time is the deadline for sending us the task for topic 1 if you want feedback by Tuesday 27 May.

Friday 23 May is the next webinar, reviewing this topic and introducing Topic 2. See you there? Check for the time in your timezone.


*Meh: For cloistered academics –  here’s a definition)

** TweetChat: See this (also aimed at cloistered academics):

Week 1

hello and again welcome to the Assessment in Higher Education course. The first webinar was today at 12pm (see here for the time in your country). If you’d like to watch the webinar, the recording is now available and so is the transcript of the chat (edited by Rod to get the highlights). If you’d just like to see the slides we used, they are also available in SlideShare.

You can also now indicate if you’d like to join a working group by signing up here.

Topic 1 is about assignment tasks: what makes a good one? Join the discussion!


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