Thursday, 15 January 2015

FW: Open Lectures at the University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich holds monthly open lectures in teaching and learning.

 The next open lecture will be on the 4th February, from 17:00-18:00 at our new Stockwell Street Building.

 Title: Is competition good for learning? Exploring ipsative (self-referential) assessment as an alternative.


Speaker: Dr Gwyneth Hughes, UCL Institute of Education



Ipsative assessment is a powerful and under-used approach that provokes a radical rethink of the purposes and methods of assessment. Ipsative assessment means making comparisons with a learner's previous work to mark progress and enable learners from all backgrounds to achieve a personal best. The seminar presents a case for partially replacing highly competitive assessment with ipsative assessment in a dual systems approach, and it explores the possibilities and the practical challenges using examples from case studies.



Dr Gwyneth Hughes is Reader in Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London where she leads and teachers on Masters programmes in higher education and supervises doctoral students. She led a three year JISC funded research project: Assessment Careers: learning pathways through assessment (  She is on the editorial board for the journal London Review of Education. She has published widely on learning and teaching in higher education and her latest book Ipsative Assessment: Motivation through marking progress was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.


Location: Lecture room 11_004, Stockwell Street Building, Greenwich. Directions to the campus and campus map can be found here:

 Anyone with an interest in teaching and learning is warmly invited to attend our Open Lectures. 

Registration not necessary and attendance is free of charge. 

 See for our video archive of other lectures in this series.  


Best wishes,




Dr Alice Lau (FHEA) 

Senior Lecturer in Learning, Teaching and Professional Development 


Educational Development Unit

University of Greenwich


Queen Mary Court 

Greenwich Campus

Old Royal Naval College

Park Row, London. 

SE10 9LS


0208 331 9640










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