Monthly Archives: November 2012

An experiment in the essay-type paper

The title of this post is the title of a paper I have just read. It was written in – wait for it – 1938. It’s a delightful little paper, but its findings are shocking. I came across it whilst … Continue reading

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Whether you love or hate deadlines probably depends on whether you are currently struggling to meet one.

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Assessing blogs and forums

There is an extremely interesting post and discussion here : Basically, students don’t like the idea of posts to blogs or discussion forums being assessed. They feel they have to be careful how they write (because the work is … 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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Analysing feedback comments

I’m participating in the ‘activity week’ of the JISC online conference ‘Innovating e-Learning: shaping the future’ and yesterday I caught just 30 minutes of an incredibly interesting session on ‘Analysing feedback’. I have just watched the recording of the rest … Continue reading

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Let’s have a feedback party

Another day, another webinar. Today’s was a very useful JISC webinar from the University of Glamorgan on their evaluation of ‘Assessment Diaries’ and Grademark. In a sense, we’ve had assessment diaries stitched up for some time at the OU, because … Continue reading

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Funnelled assessment

So what is funnelled assessment? A chance to insert an image into what is becoming a rather boring blog? Maybe! But there is a serious idea here. If we are moving towards programme-focused assessment whilst keeping the assessment itself at … Continue reading

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Unmarked assignments?

Yesterday was a busy day! After the STACK webinar I jumped in my car and drove to Milton Keynes to speak at an OU meeting about assessment, this run for and by the Childhood, Youth and Education Programme. This was somewhat nerve-wracking … Continue reading

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At 7am yesterday I was sitting at my computer, head-set on, for the Transforming Assessment webinar about STACK, led by Chris Sangwin in Birmingham, via Australia…(hence the early start). STACK will be released in December as a Moodle question type, … Continue reading

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