CDE seminar: Writing course materials and formative assessment for successful flexible learning
For the latest free CDE seminar we were pleased to welcome three of our Fellows to conduct a workshop on writing course materials for distance learning. The session considers some of the issues related to course material design, such as student retention and collaboration and featured presentations and an extended panel discussion to share the experiences of those attending.
Chair: Dr Clare Sansom, Senior Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck, CDE Fellow
Presentation 1: Ormond Simpson, Education Consultant, Visiting CDE Fellow
Designing distance courses for student retention. This presentation outlined how distance courses might be re-designed to improve student retention both in print and online. It looked at some of the theories behind such re-design and the evidence for them.
Presentation 2: Dr Gwyneth Hughes, Reader in Higher Education, Institute of Education, CDE Fellow
Gwyneth explored how students can be encouraged to engage with formative feedback and drew on findings from a JISC funded project Assessment Careers (www.ioe.ac.uk/assessmentcareers).
Writing course materials for successful flexible learning (Ormond Simpson)
Assessment Careers: Enhancing learning pathways through assessment (Gwyneth Hughes)
Handouts from Gwyneth Hughes talk
Seminar discussion questions