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International Visiting Scholar Workshops: Taking a program approach to assessment & feedback

Tue, 22 Apr 2014

Berry O'DonovanBerry O'Donovan, Principal Lecturer at the Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University will be visiting Australia in July to present workshops entitled "Taking a program approach to assessment and feedback".

These workshops will consider program approaches to assessment and feedback focusing on both conditions that enhance, or impede, student learning and student satisfaction.  Berry O’Donovan will facilitate these sessions drawing on international research in this area including work undertaken by the ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange) Centre for Excellence at Oxford Brookes. The sessions will underline the importance not only of coherence within a program approach to assessment and feedback practice, but also working with students to understand and explain legitimate variation.  To this end, participants will be invited to identify and explore significant changes in assessment standards and criteria between units of study with fundamentally different epistemologies and knowledge structures and ways to effectively explain these to students.  As such, the sessions will be of particular interest to Program Teams and Unit or Subject Coordinators. 

Sessions will be held in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Melbourne in July.  Details will be listed on our events page when they become available.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify important aspects of program-based approaches to assessment and feedback.
  • Evaluate the role played by student beliefs on the nature of knowledge and the role of assessment in their approaches to, and satisfaction with assessment and feedback practices.
  • Map variations in assessment requirements and expectations across a program, exploring concepts of legitimate variation versus inconsistency.
  • Outline and apply ways of effectively clarifying assessment requirements, standards and criteria with students to enhance student achievement and satisfaction across a program.

About the presenter
Berry O’Donovan is a Principal Lecturer at the Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes. She is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has been centrally involved in bidding and implementing a number of national projects in assessment and feedback including a (£4.5 million) Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2005-2010) for which she was Deputy Director. She is currently Principal Investigator for  two externally funded projects exploring i) student perspectives on what is good feedback in relation to their learning experience and ii) taking a staff-student partnership approach in the development of cross-programme, assessment practice in joint-honours (combined) degrees. She is a key figure in the ASKe Pedagogy Research Centre and publishes on assessment and feedback issues and the intellectual development of management students.

Berry describes herself as a ‘bundled’ academic who researches, teaches and manages cross-institutional and faculty projects.  Her teaching centres on compulsory introductory and capstone joint honours modules with a focus on synoptic learning in business and management. She leads a cross-institutional project on student engagement at Oxford Brookes, and externally leads a development programme for Directors of Teaching and Learning (Associate Deans) run by the UK’s Association of Business Schools. 

For more information please contact Phil Hancock



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