The importance of designing assessment and giving feedback so that it has a positive effect on learning was the main focus of the „Enhancing Asessment and Feedback“ workshop which I attended in Birmingham, England, in June of this year.
The workshop, organized by the Higher Education Academy’s Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance Subject Centre and Oxford Brookes University’s ASKe Project team, presented the key considerations in assessment in higher education using an evidence-based approach. Theory was closely linked to practice and case studies and discussions provided opportunity for reflection and action planning.
One of the high points of the workshop was the interspersing of group-sharing activities on issues such as engaging students with assessment criteria and creative and effective forms of giving feedback, where colleagues exchanged ideas and experiences and discussed options for improving current practice.
It is planned that in the coming academic year lecturers at the HIB Academy will also have the chance to discuss this and other current themes in higher education during the Staff Development Seminars (2008-2009).