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CETL Seminar: Using Feedback to enhance Assessment and structure Student Learning – Feb 6
Date: Wednesday 6th February 2013
Time: 12:45 – 14:00
Venue: Run Run Shaw Building, Room 321
Presenter: Dr Suki Ekaratne, Associate Professor, CETL,HKU

About the Seminar
We need to assess students for various purposes including certification, which can mean certification of both student learning and even our own teaching. Therefore, both students and faculty can become disillusioned when assessment grades fall below expectations. Feedback can enhance the effectiveness of both our teaching and student learning / grades and has become the subject of increased discussion in Higher Education, as when scores from National Student Surveys (NSS) or student experience questionnaires are analysed institutionally. Even student unions, such as in the UK, have selected feedback as an important area in facilitating student development. Such interest has generated several inquiries on this topic and in this short seminar, participants will examine and discuss a variety of ways that can be used to enhance student learning by the use of feedback and within the context of limited time availability, using examples drawn from disciplinary contexts.

At the end of the workshop, participants would have:
• Identified different types of feedback that can enhance subject learning & student skills
• Analysed when feedback is able to enhance learning and when it is not
• Discussed ways to give feedback to improve student performance and their learning
• Developed a rationale for feedback-supported teaching

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For enquiries, please contact Ms Ivy Lai by email

About the speaker
Suki has just joined the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. He comes here from the University of Bath, UK where he designed and taught faculty training courses and workshops as well as conducted other professional development activities for faculty. Prior to that he has taught in the USA and in Sri Lanka where he was Professor of Marine Ecology and from 1997, Founder Director of the Staff Development Centre at University of Colombo. He has served on editorial boards of both marine ecology and faculty development journals and has published extensively in these areas. Suki has been a UK Commonwealth Scholar, a Royal Society Research Fellow, a double Fulbright Senior Fellow and holds International Scholar status in US universities. He has founded the Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness ( and the Field Ornithology Group ( and holds a doctorate in marine ecology from the UK. Suki was recently awarded the Spirit of ICED award by the International Consortium of Educational Development for leadership in international educational development (