SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2016

Innovations in Assessment and Feedback Practice

12 May 2016 - 13 May 2016

Location: The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Ian Pirie, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh 



Ian Pirie was appointed Assistant Principal for Learning and Development and Professor of
Design at the University of Edinburgh in 2011. A full-time educator since 1980, his work in the
field has been in designing and leading the development of innovative programmes of study
in and across Art, Design, Architecture, Business, Computing and Engineering. He is
internationally known in his roles as an examiner, quality assurance reviewer and advisor,
with work being undertaken over many years in Malaysia, Singapore, China, Sri Lanka, New
Zealand and Australia in addition to his extensive work and involvement with numerous UK
and European institutions.

For a considerable period of time his research has explored the use of current and emerging
digital technologies in both design practice and in supporting specific pedagogical
approaches in education. During the past decade and more he has led and worked on
numerous online developments in support of student learning and specifically in the areas of:
assessment and feedback at the Robert Gordon University in eLearning; 'Insight Out
Learning' for the teaching of entrepreneurship with Glasgow School of Art; chairing the
development team of the national portal for the Crafts for the Scottish Arts Council; the
innovative developments in assessment and feedback at Edinburgh College of Art where he
was Assistant Principal for Learning and Teaching; and most recently the online suite of tools
to support personal tutoring, academic guidance and support at the University of Edinburgh.
He recently pioneered and led the development of the ‘SLICCs’ (self-designed learning
experiences) that enable students at the University of Edinburgh to design and assess
aspects of their own learning to achieve credit, and is currently assisting the Royal
Conservatoire Scotland to explore and develop a new approach to assessment and feedback
in the Performing Arts.

Ian is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK and Professor Emeritus of the
University of Edinburgh.

Margaret Price, Professor of Assessment and Learning, Oxford Brookes University 

Margaret Price is a Professor of Assessment and Learning and Director of ASKe Pedagogy Research Centre www.brookes.ac.uk/aske. She is a researcher with strong roots in the practice of teaching and assessment and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in June 2002 in recognition of her excellence in teaching and contribution to the development of learning, teaching and assessment in Higher Education.

Margaret is involved in a wide range of research and development of practice projects at a local, national and international level.. She seeks to encourage innovation and foster evidence-based assessment practice within the HE sector.

Her most recent research has looked at the effectiveness of the external examiner system, student perspectives on good feedback and the development of students’ assessment literacy. She has published books on assessment literacy and transforming assessment feedback and also works with institutions to support their work in improving student satisfaction with assessment and feedback, developing student and staff assessment literacy

Tansy Jessop, Professor of Research Informed Teaching, Southampton Solent University @tansyjtweets

Tansy Jessop is Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Southampton Solent University. She leads the ‘Transforming Experience of Students through Assessment’ (TESTA) project, originally funded as an HEA National Teaching Fellowship Project (2009-12). From its small beginnings in four Cathedrals Group Universities, TESTA has extended its reach across more than 50 UK universities, and inspired universities in Canada, India, Australia and South Africa to rethink assessment and feedback principles. TESTA has been a catalyst for thinking about assessment and feedback from a programme perspective, and for teams to design more principled and connected assessment and feedback.

Tansy was the project manager of a JISC funded project in the Assessment and Feedback strand, called FASTECH (2011-14), which pioneered the concept of Student Fellows at Winchester to encourage the innovative use of technology on 15 degree programmes. She chairs the REACT Project Steering Group, a HEFCE funded project which built on Winchester’s Student Fellow Scheme, and seeks to widen the reach of Student Engagement beyond the ‘usual suspects’. Until recently she was Head of Learning and Teaching at the University of Winchester.

Tansy is excited about her move to Southampton Solent which will involve developing a strong culture of research informed teaching. Her research interests include student engagement, curriculum theory and research informed teaching. Publications include work on narrative research methods, social justice, learning spaces and assessment and feedback. Tansy began her career as a secondary school teacher in South Africa, completing a PhD on teacher development in rural KwaZulu-Natal.


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