Session 2: August 2020

Sharing & developing teaching confidence through collaboration & partnership

While we welcomed a diverse range of presentations at the centre of each was assessment and feedback. Colleagues had moved quickly to support students this year as we all adjusted quickly to being online. There was one key message, which emerged from across all 4 speakers, it is do not over assess students.

This link will take you to the recording, there is one recording for the whole event. Each presentation lasts for approximately 15 minutes with some time following each for questions.

Sustainable and Social Marketing: Repurposing An Impactful Assessment Amidst A Crisis.

Derek Ong, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, Sunway University

The Covid -19 lockdown measures took everyone (lecturers and students) by surprise in Malaysia. Planning of assessments that were in place
had to take a big shift of purpose and form. With a new subject in development and forced measure to change delivery mode, this presentation shares how students work together lecturers to realign and reimagine assessment shape and structure to deliver an outcome which proved even more meaningful and impactful than the original.

Guided active learning in the virtual world

Aditi Mitra, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance, Sunway University

Teaching international finance to third year students presents a unique set of challenges. Namely, I need to prepare the students not only with the subject knowledge but guiding them on how to apply the concepts in the real-world. I need to ensure that the students not only find the module enjoyable, stimulating and relevant, but in particular this module must allow them to learn independently outside the classroom, at their own pace and one that allows active engagement. The learning outcome of this module is based on the conceptual knowledge regarding international finance topics at the same time assessing them with the technical know-how of how to implement the numerical in the real-world scenario. Thus, as part of my online learning approach was focussed on providing support for a module which requires students to possess both the numerical acumen and critical discussion of conceptual knowledge in a large cohort context.

Audio-visual screencast feedback to enhance student engagement

Sascha Stollhans, Senior Teaching Associate in German Studies, Department of Languages and Cultures, Lancaster University

In this session, I will share my experience of using audio-visual screencast feedback for formative assessments in German language modules. Screencast feedback is produced by recording your screen and voice while reading and commenting on students’ work, using screen-recording tools such as Screencast-O-Matic. It has been shown in numerous studies that “students perceive screencast feedback to be more personal and that it encourages students to work more actively with the feedback” (Speicher & Stollhans 2015, p. 510). I will show how I have used this form of feedback for marking essays, and discuss student feedback, learning outcomes and potential challenges.

COVID19 experience and beyond

Mark Shackleton, Department of Accounting and Finance, Lancaster University

Mark's talk focuses on his thinking about how to develop online learning for students at the moment, in addition to department colleagues managed the assessment strategy for this year for large cohort of students.