Poster: Alternative Assessments #ViCEPHEC17

This is my poster for #ViCEPHEC17 on a range of assessments through 3 years of the chemistry curriculum. It was a surprisingly difficult poster to put together as there was so much I wanted to include. In the end I focussed on the general skills developed rather than the specifics of each assignment. One of […]

Better Ed Tech Solutions

It’s course prep season here. It’s fun. Sort of. I’m looking forward to term starting. Kind of. I’m doing everything the same as last year. Not really. I’m frustrated that there’s no ed tech tools that do what I need them to. Totally. Screencast Presentations: After last academic year’s wee ‘oh shit I broke the VLE […]

Colourful Chemistry Or Not

I have been reading about how colour vision deficiency (colour blindness) can cause issues for people. I was very interested in this article (http://colororacle.org/resources/2007_JennyKelso_ColorDesign_lores.pdf) and several others about the difficulties in reading certain graphics and maps when red-blue colour scales are used. For example, temperature anomaly charts are often red-white-blue with red being hotter than […]

Concepts, Calculations and Confusion

I’ve been trying to straighten out a few things in my head with regard to conceptual understanding of topics.  Prompted by numerous yet isolated things, I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of several frustrations I have when it comes to assessing learning. Some can’t work out how to answer the question when it […]

We need to discuss Failure Bragging

It’s nearly resit season, and even when it’s not, how many times do we hear a student leave an assessment bragging about how much they’ve failed it. Of course, we don’t actually consider it bragging, I’m not sure what we do consider it. Is it a veiled form of apology for considering one’s efforts to […]

Doing your own assessments

I have been producing sample work this past year for the distance learning courses at the request of the Shadow Teacher. For the first item, an essay plan, providing sample work has resulted in a significant improvement in the work submitted over last year. It is probably more essential in Transnational education to be extremely […]

Alternative Assessment

As per always,  LTHE chat gets me thinking and as per always, 140 characters is insufficient to explore those thoughts fully on twitter. The conversation thread was about inclusivity and the barriers to offering students alternative assessment formats as would be appropriate to specific needs. We’re used to handling obvious stuff such as extensions to […]

The Eternal Pain of Group Work

I set more group work now than I used to, in both 1st and 2nd year. It’s always interesting when it is group work season because the students are somewhat more fraught than normal and  staff (myself included) are enhancing their diplomatic skills. I always feel like running group work is like putting out fires: […]

How far can we take (self-)assessment? ( #LTHEchat )

Over the past few years I’ve developed a series of assessments that fit together in an arc, building on each other. They build in a gentle way as some are in compulsory modules and some in optional modules for different groups of students. There’s plenty guidance for those who’ve missed a bit (because of being […]