Monday, 23 October 2017

FW: Transforming Assessment Webinars (November session and other news) [JISCmail]

1) Reminder next session: "Students' preferences for assessment feedback via personal analytics solutions" 1 Nov 2017.
2) Final session for 2017! "Getting it right: guidelines for online assessment" 15 Nov 2017.
3) The 2017 ASCILITE SIG Survey – please respond!
4) Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment SIG) related sessions at ASCILITE conference 4-6 Dec 2017 (Australia).
5) e-Exams workshop following ASCILITE conference on 7 Dec 2017 (Australia).
6) AHE: "Transforming Feedback: Research and Development Conference" 28 June 2018 (UK)

Please forward to interested colleagues!

1) Reminder next session: Students' preferences for assessment feedback via personal analytics solutions 1 Nov 2017
Presenters: Dr Linda Corrin and Paula de Barba (University of Melbourne, Australia)

This webinar explores students' preferences as to the types, format and timing of assessment feedback to be delivered via personal learning analytics. That is - information that is customised and delivered to the student about their own performance.

Further information and registration:

2) Final session for 2017: Getting it right: guidelines for online assessment 15 Nov.
Presenters: David Snell and Jane Terrell (Massey University, New Zealand)

This session explores findings and tools developed for an Ako Aotearoa project on developing guidelines for assessment in higher education as well as an online tool that provides guidance to teachers in deploying online assessment tools.

Further information and registration:

3) The 2017 ASCILITE SIG Survey – please respond!

As a member of the Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment) SIG under ASCILITE we would like to invite you to participate in an anonymous 6 - 8 minute survey designed to ensure that the SIG is relevant to you and other members. The survey will also help ASCILITE and SIG leaders such as myself better understand your needs within the SIG.

The survey has been vetted by the leaders of each ASCILITE SIG who are all keen to know what you think. We do hope that you can find a few minutes to complete it.
Survey link:

We would very much appreciate if you could complete the survey by 25 October 2017. (The survey closes that evening at about 8pm Eastern Australian time).
Once we have tabulated the results, we will make them available to the ASCILITE Executive Committee, all SIG leaders, on SIG websites and in the ASCILITE member bulletin for SIG members to view.
Thank you for your time - On behalf of all SIG Leader(s).

4) Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment SIG) related sessions at ASCILITE conference 2017.

The draft ASCILITE conference program (subject to change) has now been released!
We would very much like meet you 4-6 December 2017 (conference), 7 December (workshops) in Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.

Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment SIG) will be represented my Mathew in connection with the following sessions:
Monday 4 Dec:
"Me, Us, and IT: Insiders' views of the complex technical, organisational and personal elements in using virtual worlds in education" (paper presentation).
Tuesday 5 Dec:
"Transforming exams: How IT works for BYOD e-exams" (paper presentation).
"Get to know the ASCILITE Special Interest Groups" (ASCILITE SIGs information session)
"The Me, Us and IT of webinars for an ASCILITE SIG" (a digital poster about Transforming Assessment webinars!)
"Transforming Exams - stories from across Australia" (panel session for national e-exam project).

5) e-Exams workshop following ASCILITE conference on 7 Dec.

We are running a hands-on workshop on authentic e-Exams suitable for educators, e-learning designers and e-learning technologists.

Title: Workshop 2 "Transforming exams: Hands on with the technology".
Date: Thursday 7 Dec: 10:00am to 1:30pm
Venue: T Block, Room 125, University of Southern Queensland campus, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.
A catered light lunch will be provided.
Capacity: 40 people.
Workshop registration link (no cost):
(scroll down to find "Register now and secure your attendance".)
Numbers are limited so please get in quick - but also let us know if you subsequently can't make it so we can free places for others.
Participants will need to bring a compatible laptop. Please refer to
This workshop is sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training funded project: Transforming Exams (Grant ID 15-4747).
Note! only the workshop session and catering are free. Participants must pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Also, if participants attend the ASCILITE conference on 4 to 6 Dec they will need to separately register and pay the conference registration fee.

6) Transforming Feedback: Research and Development Conference 28 June 2018 (UK)

Our colleagues at 'Assessment in Higher Education' (AHE) are running a one day conference in Manchester, UK on 28 June 2018.

Feedback is a challenging aspect of Higher Education academic practice. Despite considerable efforts across the sector to enhance the effectiveness of feedback and address student concerns, successive National Student Surveys continue to highlight assessment and feedback issues.  At the same time, considerable advances have been made with theorising and rethinking the notion of feedback, challenging assumptions and current practices. We might consider, for example, the consequences of tension between the neoliberal, high accountability policy framework of higher education and the development of feedback that promotes self-regulated learning.

Keynote: "Feedback for the longer term: Developing student feedback literacy"
Professor David Carless University of Hong Kong

Transforming Assessment will also be running a post-conference webinar in the form of a panel style session as part of our 2018 series.

The call papers and conference registration is now available:

Further information:
The Transforming Assessment webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of assessment and e-assessment topics.
Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC Education, University of New South Wales and Dr Mathew Hillier, Monash Office Learning and Teaching, Monash University, Australia.
Further information on this and future events, recordings of past sessions, links to resources and participation/technical help on using the virtual seminar system can be found on our website at

Support for this activity has been provided by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (as the 'e-Assessment SIG'), the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, University of New South Wales, Monash University and the University of Queensland. The views expressed in this publication/activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring institutions.

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Dr Mathew Hillier
Honorary Academic/Snr Lecturer
The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
(was 'Teaching and Educational Development Institute'),
The University of Queensland, Australia
Substantive post:
Academic/Snr Lecturer
Office of Learning & Teaching
Monash University, Caulfield Campus (Melbourne), Australia
Transforming Assessment

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