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CSHE Seminars Spring 2018
Wednesday 24 January 2018, 1pm-2pm in the UELT Seminar Room
David Boud, Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney,
Developing feedback practices based on what students want and on sound research and scholarship.
To improve feedback, we need to move beyond general impressions of students to understand what is working well and what is not. This was the premise of a national teaching development project designed to improve feedback practice across Australian universities, Feedback for Learning: Closing the Assessment Loop. The project aimed to build on the extensive literature on feedback in higher education to examine the extent to which feedback practices proposed by scholars were being adopted in normal courses in two large Australian universities and to develop resources that would help to transform feedback practice.
A novel feature of the project was that the students responding (n=4514) identified situations in which they received particularly effective feedback during their current program of study. The research team collated information about which were the most frequently mentioned and undertook detailed case studies of the course units in which they were used. The cases emphasise practices that can be scaled up and used in large classes and with multiple tutors. Details of the project and its resources can be found at: www.feedbackforlearning.org
David Boud is Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He is one of the most highly cited Australians in the field of teaching and learning in higher and professional education. He has been a pioneer in developing learning-centred approaches to assessment across the disciplines, particularly in student self-assessment, building assessment skills for long-term learning and new approaches to feedback. He is an Australian Learning and Teaching Senior Fellow. His most recent books (with various others) are Feedback in Higher and Professional Education (2013) and Developing Evaluative Judgement in Higher Education: Assessment for Knowing and Producing Quality Work (forthcoming April 2018), (both London: Routledge)