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#LTHEchat 164: Using media-rich ePortfolio assessments with Lydia Arnold @HarperEdDev and Duncan Cross @duncan_cross

The last decade has seen rapid and dramatic changes in the higher education landscape in the UK. The lifting of the ‘cap’ on student numbers led to increased competition between higher education institutions (HEIs) and the influence of new market forces, whilst the introduction of the OfS has seen the replacement of a relatively benign funding body, with a new sector regulator.

In this LTHE Chat session the aim is to encourage colleagues across the sector to reflect on the current position of their own institutions in relation to Curriculum Frameworks (i.e. has a perceived need for one been identified? Is a debate underway? Is a framework in place? Is it being implemented?), and to consider the potential benefits that an institutional level Curriculum Framework might bring?

Furthermore, we’d like colleagues to consider what a Curriculum Frameworks focus on? Structural reform or consistency, regulatory consistency, innovative approaches to learning and teaching, student co-creation, or inclusivity? Or a combination of all of these things? What are the obstacles and constraints encountered elsewhere or likely to inhibit such developments and how can these be overcome?

Who should be the key stakeholders, collaborators and/or champions? How can buy-in be secured, not just from senior managers, but also from academic and professional services staff, and students? What are the legitimate objectives of a Curriculum Framework, and how might we measure its impact?

What may have seemed like stability has been replaced by a culture of what sometimes feels like an avalanche of rapid and fundamental changes, some of which impinge on the financial sustainability of institutions and some of which have driven major cultural changes – not least a rapid shift in student expectations of the higher education experience, and the relationship between institutions and their students. The relative strengths and performance of HEIs is now more transparent than ever, and reflected (however crudely) via published university league tables, NSS results and TEF rankings. Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 156 ’Simulation as an assessment tool to promote authentic learning in Higher Education’ with Gustavo Espinoza Ramos @tavoer8

Authentic assessment The traditional forms of assessment are based on conventional methods of testing that usually involves the production of written document including tests, essays and reports; and follow the transmission of knowledge from teacher to learner that creates a … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 77: Using e-portfolios for PDP, Assessment and Beyond…

This weeks chat is kindly hosted by Dr Marjorie Wilson (@DrMarjWilson). Dr Marjorie Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology, and University Teaching Fellow at Teesside University in the School of Health and Social Care. Some of her learning and … Continue reading

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#LTHEChat 65: Feedback and feed-forward: language and timing. With Phil Race @RacePhil

I’m supposed to be retired now, but haven’t quite made it yet. I’ve been around in higher education learning and teaching for a long time, and written a few books over the years. I remain passionate about the importance of … Continue reading

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#LTHEchat 54. 11 May. ‘Students are asking questions … about assessment and exams’

Teacher Training in Hong Kong. End-of-term examinations in progress in the main hall at Northcote Training College. Out of 390 who sat, 375 passed. The National Archives UK. Sourced from the Flickr Commons: https://flic.kr/p/cWJ22q. In March we hosted a very special … Continue reading

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