Lessons from Practice
Jessica Evans is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at OU, Milton Keynes, UK. Among her research interests is the systemic and psychoanalytic understanding of organisations including leadership of teaching and learning, and the emotional aspects of social policy. She has expertise in the design of assessment for qualifications and in developing institutional assessment policies. She has led a number of OU teaching and learning change projects and directs one of the outputs of the OUs New Models of Assessment and Tuition project, the Assessment Hub, which provides resources to improve assessment practices and support academics professional development. Sally Jordan is Professor of Physics Education and Head of the Department of Physical Sciences at OU, Milton Keynes, UK. She has wide-ranging interests in assessment and feedback, in particular in factors that influence student engagement with computer-marked assessment and computer-generated feedback. She has written a review of e-assessment and a number of articles on the use of automatically marked short-answer free-text questions. She also has research interests in student misunderstandings in physics and mathematics and in demographic differences in attainment in physics. Freda Wolfenden is Professor of Education and International Development in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Languages at OU, Milton Keynes, UK. Her expertise is in pedagogy, professional learning and the potential of technology to support learning. Freda has led a number of large-scale, award-winning teacher education projects in multiple contexts characterised by their innovative use of digital technologies and open content (Open Educational Resources and MOOCs). She was academic director of the OUs New Models of Assessment and Tuition project, a three-year programme aiming to improve assessment practices across the university.
Editorial Introduction Developing academics assessment practices in open, distance and e-learning: an institutional change agenda 1. Assessment worlds colliding? Negotiating between discourses of assessment on an online open course 2. Paragogy and flipped assessment: experience of designing and running a MOOC on research methods 3. I understood the words but I didnt know what they meant: Japanese online MBA students experiences of British assessment practices 4. Case study: what supports students to improve their grades? 5. Using collaboration to foster academic integrity 6. The introduction and refinement of the assessment of digitally recorded audio presentations 7. Designing and developing a programme-focused assessment strategy: a case study