Monday, 16 November 2020

Fwd: University of the Highlands and Islands: Assessment & feedback symposium - Inclusive assessment



Assessment & feedback symposium: Inclusive assessment

12:30 – 14:00 Wednesday 18 November

09:30 – 11:30 Thursday 19 November


**Apologies for cross posting, this email has been sent to the LTA Forum, Subject Network Leaders and LTA Mailing List**

The University of the Highlands and Islands' Learning and Teaching Academy team would like to invite anyone in the sector to some keynote sessions being held as part of an online symposium:

Session Outline

The theme for the LTA's third Assessment and Feedback symposium is Inclusive Assessment. Inclusive assessment (IA) means considering all aspects of assessment - from development of marking criteria to method and mode of feedback – to ensure that no students are excluded. Although originally focusing on students with disabilities, IA now means examining where implicit and unconscious bias could marginalise any students, and eliminating this for the benefit of all students.



  • Keynote presentation and workshop: 360° inclusive feedback 
  • Putting ideas into practice: Inclusive assessment in Brightspace 
  • Keynote workshop: A social justice model of assessment 
  • Sharing best practice: Lightning talks from UHI colleagues  


There are 4 different parts to the symposium (as above), however only the 'keynote' sessions are available externally as they have relevance beyond UHI, with other sessions focussing on internal policy and practice and hence limited to UHI colleagues.


Keynote presentation and workshop: 360° inclusive feedback - Virna Rossi, PGCert/MA Course Leader, Ravensbourne University, London 

Dr Mustapha Aabi, Associate Professor and course leader of Educational Psychology, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco

Wednesday 18 November 12.30 – 14:00


In the first half of this session, the speakers will introduce the concept of 360-degree feedback, explaining its underpinning principles and how it can be used to support a range of learners. The second half will be an active workshop in which participants can try out the techniques to experience first-hand how 360-degree feedback works in practice.


Keynote workshop: - A social justice model of assessment - Dr Pauline Hanesworth (SRUC) 

Thursday 19 November 09:30 – 11:30


Assessment and feedback in tertiary education is neither value neutral nor culture free: within its procedures, structures and systems it codifies cultural, disciplinary and individual norms, values and knowledge hierarchies. This leads to inequities in the learner experience and often results in disparities in outcomes. In short, assessment and feedback in its traditional form can be inherently unjust. In this workshop, we will explore the ways in which assessment can embed inequity, and a potential alternative approach. Focusing on assessment at point of design, and drawing on the theories of universal design for learning and culturally sustaining pedagogy, the workshop will support delegates to design assessment that is "socially just", enabling all students to meet their potential.



This event with run online via Webex Meetings and colleagues are welcome to attend one or both keynote sessions. To book this online event, please email specifying which keynote session(s) you would like to attend. We will then send out links to the sessions where you can join.


Dr Pauline Hanesworth

Pauline is the Head of Learning and Teaching at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), prior to which she spent six years as an Academic Lead at the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) where she led work related to equality and diversity in learning, teaching and assessment (on which she researches) and to teaching excellence. She has supported a variety of institutions, faculties, programmes and individual academics to develop their pedagogic practice and firmly believes that good learning and teaching should be equitable and challenging, well-designed and fun.

Virna Rossi 

Virna (independent educational developer, PGCert/MA Course Leader at Ravensbourne University London) is an educationalist who cares. She has been teaching for over 22 years. Her journey started as a Languages teacher in primary, secondary, Fe and HE settings. Since 2008 she has been in various educational development roles, currently at Ravensbourne University London. She is a SFHEA and a FSEDA. 

Her multilingual and multicultural life experiences have made her very aware of the value of diversity. Her main research interests are in inclusive learning design and she is editing a book on this subject with over 60 contributors from all over the world. One of the contributors is Dr Mustapha Aabi with whom she has been collaborating on feedback practices. Virna's motto is 'Learn to thrive'.

Dr. Mustapha Aabi

Dr. Mustapha Aabi is currently an Associate Professor and course leader of Educational Psychology at Ibn Zohr University, Agadir – Morocco, and a member of the steering group of the International Collaboratory for Leadership in Universally Designed Education (INCLUDE).

He has taught courses in Linguistics and Education in several countries, and has served in education leadership positions, and in different capacities on several international conference, workshop and training program committees. His research interests lie in the areas of trans-linguistics and education. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of education, particularly inclusive education, leadership and early education on issues at the linguistic, cultural and pedagogical intersections.


We want to make this a positive experience for all participants and hope we have met everyone's needs in joining this session.  If you have particular access needs please contact us at so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can.

Best wishes

Jane Steele

Information and Communications Assistant

Learning and Teaching Academy



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