Talking about Teaching programme: Evaluating feedback mechanisms

The Talking about Teaching programme: Evaluating feedback mechanisms by Dr Rob Mortimer and Dr Graham McLeod will be held on Monday 22 November from 1-2pm.

The session
The session will draw on University Teaching Fellowship (UTF) project work - Evaluating feedback mechanisms and creating a new forward-thinking code of practice on feedback and assessment - which consulted staff and students in the School of Earth and Environment to find out what they thought about current school policy and practice in feedback and assessment, and how these could be improved.

The results of this consultation were used to develop a series of recommendations that are currently being implemented in a highly visible feedback campaign. This campaign aims to improve what staff deliver in terms of assessment and feedback, and to improve how students use the feedback that they receive.

The session will describe the rationale for the project, the outcomes of the consultation, the recommendations that resulted and the implementation of the feedback campaign. There will, of course, be time for discussion and questions, and participants will leave with a range of ideas and processes that could be implemented in their own schools / departments.

The speakers
Rob Mortimer is Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Earth and Environment and Training Director for the Centre of Integrated Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience at the University of Leeds. He currently leads an Academic Development Fund (ADF) grant on blended learning in Geological Sciences, and has a University Teaching Fellowship looking at feedback in Earth and Environment. He is also involved in TESS projects on employability and virtual fieldtrips for students with disabilities.

Graham McLeod is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Earth and Environment and project officer on the ADF and UTF projects with Rob Mortimer. Prior to moving to Leeds in 2009, Graham taught all the Level 1 undergraduate practical classes in geology at the University of Glasgow and acted as chairman and student support contact for Level 1. At Glasgow, he introduced a range of formative assessments, which resulted in significant improvements to end of year marks.

How to register
Please contact Catherine Porter (email or call 36658) with your name, job title, school / department and contact details, by close on Wednesday 17 November 2010. All places will be confirmed by email.

There will be no refreshments available at the session, but please bring lunch etc. with you. The seminar is free of charge to University of Leeds staff (a £20.00 charge will apply to cancellations made after 12 noon on 19 November 2010, illnesses and family emergencies excepted).

Talking about Teaching (T@T) is a programme of events, led by nationally recognised speakers, that is designed to provide new ideas and promote discussion about a range of aspects of learning and teaching. An important part of the series is that the presentations are underpinned by research and scholarship in learning and teaching. See for details of other T@T events.

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