Institute of Teaching and Learning

Professional Development for Teaching and Learning

Invited school and faculty based seminars and workshops

Members of staff from the Institute are often invited by colleagues in schools or faculties to develop specific seminars or workshops on topics of special interest to them. The Institute can tailor professional development seminars and workshops to suit the particular requirements and focus of disciplines, schools, faculties, groups and individuals on request. Please contact the ITL Support Service to discuss your professional development needs.

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2009 invited seminars and workshops

In 2009 the invited seminar and workshop series included the following sessions:

Faculty of Arts and Education

Peer review of teaching

This seminar was facilitated by Professor Colin Mason and provided an overview of approaches to improving teaching quality through a robust but supportive and developmental (formative) process of peers critically reviewing their approaches to teaching and learning through participative observation and a combination of self and peer assessment.

Keeping them interested: sessional staff workshop

This workshop was facilitated by Terry Timberlake and focused on strategies and tactics which new and inexperienced tutors may try in order to maintain student motivation after mid-point of trimester.

Faculty of Business and Law

Good practice in assessment

This seminar was facilitated by Professor Colin Mason and provided an overview of the principles and concepts of assessment practice in higher education, critiquing the tensions and conflicting demands of the need for assessment to satisfy multi-faceted requirements.

Assessment: challenge for staff and students

This seminar was facilitated by Professor Colin Mason and focused on the creative use of ‘objective test’ approaches to provide a balance between efficient and effective assessment including higher-order critical analysis.

Faculty of Health

Some perspectives on multiple choice question assessment

This seminar was presented by Dr Stuart Palmer and Mary Dracup, for the School of Nursing. Using examples from nursing literature and the teaching experience of the presenters, a practical approach to the use of multiple choice questions as a component of an overall unit assessment strategy was suggested.

Assessment practice

This workshop for sessional teachers in the School of Nursing was facilitated by Terry Timberlake. It provided an opportunity for sessional nursing staff to meet each other, and with lecturers to discuss a range of issues around casual academic work, including a segment presented by Terry offering advice on marking and giving feedback on student assignments.

Faculty of Science and Technology

Independent learning: structured assessment based approaches

This seminar was presented by Professor Colin Mason and provided a short overview of how to use DSO to structure (formative) assessment-driven initiatives, including but not limited to ‘objective test’ assessments linked to selective release functions in DSO.

Assessment for learning, assessment as learning and assessment of learning: are there differences?

This seminar was again presented by Professor Colin Mason and focused on a team-based learning approach to using assessment in ‘class time’ to drive learning ‘in the moment’ and contrasted this approach with both classical formative and summative assessment.

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28th June 2011