Pre-Conference Master Classes

Delegates are invited to attend a series of Master Classes prior to the start of the conference on Wednesday 24 June 2015.  Experts in the field of assessment will be leading four parallel sessions:


Professor David Boud

tickRethinking feedback for greater impact on learning   David Boud is Professor and Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Melbourne and Research Professor in the Institute for Work-Based Learning, Middlesex University. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and a Senior Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (National Teaching Fellow).

Prof David Carless (1)

Professor David Carless

tickDesigning and carrying out effective assessment David Carless is Professor of Educational Assessment and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. His next book will be published by Routledge in April 2015 and is entitled: Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from award-winning practice.


tickTransforming the Experience of Students through Assessment (TESTA) Dr Tansy Jessop is Head of Learning and Teaching at the University of Winchester.

Dr Tansy Jessop

Dr Tansy Jessop

She leads the TESTA National Teaching Fellowship Project, and was project manager of FASTECH, a JISC funded project to enhance assessment and feedback through technology, using student change agents. Most recently, she has run a British Council funded partnership with two Indian universities. Tansy started her career as a secondary school teacher in South Africa, and completed a PhD on teacher development in rural primary schools in KwaZulu-Natal. She has worked as an education consultant for UK and Australian universities, the British Council, the UK’s Department for International Development, and the Mandela Foundation. Tansy’s research interests include teacher development; social justice; assessment and feedback; and narrative research methods.
tick Help students to help themselves: developing assessment literacy Margaret Price is Professor of Assessment and Learning and leads the ASKe Pedagogy Research Centre.

Prof. Margaret Price

Prof. Margaret Price

She is a researcher with strong roots in the practice of teaching and assessment and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in June 2002 in recognition of her excellence in teaching and contribution to the development of learning, teaching and assessment in Higher Education.

In 2005, HEFCE awarded funding for the ASKe Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning following a bid that drew strongly on a body of work developed by Margaret and a small group of colleagues around the nature of assessment standards and student learning. This has led to a focus on Assessment Literacy, the subject of a book recently published written by Margaret and colleagues.

She is also known for her work on assessment feedback for students having developed and led research projects and initiatives to take fresh perspectives on how to make feedback more effective and valued. One output of this work is an edited collection produced, with colleagues, on reconceptualising feedback.

Margaret is involved in a wide range of research and development of practice projects at a national and international level. For example: she worked with The Higher Education Academy to develop and pilot ‘A Marked Improvement: Transforming assessment in higher education’, an initiative that is based on the ASKe Assessment Standards Manifesto; she has been a visiting scholar at University of Sydney and Hong Kong University; and she is an advisor on projects at institutions in Scandinavia and the UK. She seeks to encourage innovation and foster evidence-based assessment practice within the HE sector.


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