Professor Dai Hounsell, Vice-Principal for Assessment and Feedback, University of Edinburgh
Against a background of curriculum transformation in higher education and calls for greater accountability for quality, there is a growing interest, nationally and internationally, in evidence of excellence in students' learning. Two closely interwoven questions are raised. How can university teachers best use assessment and evaluation to capture the breadth and depth of learning outcomes being demonstrated by students? And how can the students' distinctive achievements be communicated more widely, within and beyond the campus? The seminar explored these twin questions, with particular reference to recent curriculum change at HKU.
The second seminar focused more closely on the enhanced opportunities for experiential learning which is one of the hallmarks of the quality of undergraduate education at HKU. It considered how excellence in experiential learning can be captured and communicated, focusing particularly on strategies that are complementary to traditional forms of assessment and feedback, including those that capitalise on advances in communication technologies.
Developing and enhancing undergraduate final-year projects and dissertations (The Higher Education Academy, 2013)