Category Archives: conferences

ViCE/PHEC 2014

The ‘interesting’ title of this post relates to the joint Variety in Chemistry Education/Physics Higher Education Conference that I was on my way home from a week ago. Apologies for my delay in posting, but since then I have celebrated my … Continue reading

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Staff engagement with e-assessment

More reflections from CAA2013 (held in Southampton, just down the road from the Isle of Wight ferry terminal – shown)… In the opening keynote, Don Mackenzie talked about the ‘rise and rise of multiple-choice questions’. This was interesting, because he was … Continue reading

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The Cargo Cult

I suspect that this reflection from the 14th International Computer Aided Conference (CAA2013) may not go down well with all of my readers. I refer to the mention in several papers of the use of technology in teaching and learning … Continue reading

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The other thing that was discussed at yesterday’s ‘Analysing feedback’ session at the JISC online conference ‘Innovating e-Learning: shaping the future’ was the role of praise in feedback.

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Assessment in HE Conference

This is an unashamed advertisement for the Assessment in HE Conference, to be held on 26th-27th June 2013. This is the 4th such conference, but it is moving from a 1-day to a 2-day event and from Carlisle to Birmingham. … Continue reading

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CAA 2012

Last week I attended the International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference in Southampton. This is the third consecutive year I’ve attended this conference and I enjoyed it, even if it was sometimes challenging to the point of being depressing. So what … Continue reading

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Throw away the handouts

I was at a meeting in Bristol yesterday ‘Using assessment to engage students and enhance their learning’. Much of the discussion was on the use of peer assessment (and plenty of interesting stuff), with a keynote from Paul Orsmond, considering student and … Continue reading

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The testing effect

This will be my final post that picks up a theme from CAA 2011 , but the potential implications of this one are massive. For the past few weeks I have been trying to get my head around the significance of the ideas I was … Continue reading

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The impact of item format

One of the things I’ve found time and time again in my investigations into student engagement with e-assessment is that little things can make a difference. Therefore the research done by Matt Haigh of Cambridge Assessment into the impact of question … Continue reading

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