This issue contains articles on:The Art of Assessing 1 In the first of two articles about assessment, Phil Race discusses the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of examination. Widening the Range of Marks Lesley Matthews (University of Northumbria at Newcastle) shows that various factors, including standard marking conventions, reduce unnecessarily the number of Firsts awarded. Get Connected Keith Topping describes the Internet forum and electronic journal run by the University of Dundee. Lecturing by Computer Paul Walker (University of Sydney) describes how he lectures on complex material to first year physics students. Teachers of many subjects – and not only science – may find inspiration here. Models of Staff Development Graham Gibbs (Oxford Brookes University) argues that industrial models are inappropriate for academic institutions and that we need more models which allow teaching and research to operate in harmony. Team Building 1: Lego for Leaders In the first of two articles on teams, Peter Marshall and Mike Huxley (University of Surrey) explain how building bridges with Lego, and other amusing exercises, help their students learn the principles of team leadership.
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