The University hosted its annual Learning & Teaching Forum on 30 August, 2018 with the theme "Assessment in the Flexible Learning Space."
The keynote speaker was Professor Geoffrey Crisp who spoke on "Assessing students for 21st century skills – time to update our current practices." Professor Crisp’s keynote address explored the 21st century skills and capabilities that our students will need as they live and work in a world dominated by technology, complexity and increasing uncertainty.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor –Learning, Teaching and Student Services Professor Richard Coll was delighted to welcome Professor Crisp and acknowledged the importance of recognising flexible learning. "Flexible learning opens up opportunities for learning and teaching in a variety of ways empowering individuals as well as groups of learners to work in their own time, at their own pace and place, both asynchronously or synchronously, with and without the use of a wide variety of increasingly affordable information and communications technology," said Professor Coll. He also noted that whilst this is the case, the assessment of learning outcomes in this educational space comes with its challenges. He explained the need to understand how the affordances of contemporary information and communications technologies can be used to assess learning outcomes with confidence in order to help us ascertain that our course and program outcomes, and institutional-level graduate attributes are being met.
In addressing these challenges, Professor Crisp was extremely engaging and discussed many helpful practices and explained the need to expand our repertoire of assessment tasks to include a more sophisticated use of the physical and virtual spaces that allow students to interact with each other and construct their assessment responses with access to whatever resources they require in order to make a meaningful response to a meaningful task.
With the focus for the 2018 Learning & Teaching Forum on showcasing best practices in the assessment of institutional and individual learning outcomes, staff and student presenters were invited to tell their own personal experiences with giving and receiving feedback and assessment within a flexible learning environment.
Professor Geoffrey Crisp delivering his keynote presentation during the VC's Learning & Teaching Forum 2018.
USP's 2018 Teaching Excellence Award Winners with Keynote Speaker, Vice-Chancellor and President, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services (LTSS) from L-R: Dr. Subhash Appana, Professor Sushil Kumar, Mr. P K Tiwari, Professor Geoffrey Crisp, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Professor Richard Coll and Professor Anand Chand
Professor Crisp was followed by interesting talks from two student speakers; Dhruvkaran Nand – a Politics/Journalism student with disability and Shameera Shaheed, a History/Politics student and member of the winning USP quiz challenge team.
The Student speakers were followed by presentations of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award winners:
Professor Sushil Kumar was announced the overall 2018 VC’s Excellence in Teaching Award Winner.
A total of 170 staff and students were present at the forum with up to 30 watching the event live-streamed across the region.
For more information on Vice-Chancellor’s Forum on Learning & Teaching 2018, please click here.