October 03, 2006

HEA York launch event

Congratulations to the HE Academy for arranging the launch event for the Pathfinder programme in a hotel which provides wireless broadband – it means I can blog as we go along! I know Jay has been taking notes on her PDA, so she will probably be uploading them in due course. But this for the final session this afternoon we were in different groups – Jay went to the one on CPD and Staff Development, while I went to the one on e-assessment.

The idea of these break-out discussions was to help the Academy identify gaps in their provision or opportunities to provde targeted support for Pahtfinding institutions, as well as a chance for us to talk amongst ourselves about our challenges and the like. As you’d expect, we talked through a number of issues – how e-assessment links with assessment more broadly, how and why we assess, how electronic methods can help students to learn better and staff teach better and so on. Questions of whether there is enough support “out there” (research into e-assessment, resources and advice from the Academy including the subject centres, other sources of good practice and so on) were more difficult for our small group to answer – we just don’t have the expertise which others in our Pathfinder teams do. The joys of specialisation.

You might like to look at Trevor Hawkes’s blog – he’s leading a project on CAA (computer-aided assessment) across Warwick’s Faculty of Science

It’s been useful to talk to people from other Pathfinder institutions and I think some of us will certainly keep in touch on particular issues, as well as scanning each other’s blogs from time to time.

What else from today? I gave a brief overview of our project this morning and I got a giggle when I described our e-learning as “managed diversity” – a giggle of recognition, I think/hope. Jay wonders whether we might more usefully aim towards “nurtured diversity”.

And the wikipedia entry on mind maps is apparently rather good, with some pretty pictures too:

I’ll check it out in due course.

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  1. Robert O'Toole

    we just don’t have the expertise which others in our Pathfinder teams do

    - it would be interesting to know exactly what we are missing.

    04 Oct 2006, 11:30

  2. Robert O'Toole

    Yes, read the Wikipedia entry, and then sign up for one of my concept mapping workshops.

    04 Oct 2006, 11:39

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