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Enhancing assessment and feedback: a workshop for HKUST staff on designing alternative assessments

Enhancing assessment and feedback: a workshop for HKUST staff on designing alternative assessments
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Assessment post-covid is being widely rethought in many higher education institutions globally, as staff grapple with finding better ways of assessing authentically while ensuring that it is an integral part of learning. This workshop will address these areas and provide participants with opportunities to:

  • explore how assignments can be made more authentic and better aligned to learning outcomes;
  • learn more about a range of alternative forms of assessment and provide an opportunity to practice designing some for local context;
  • review how assessment and feedback can contribute fully to learning, improving students' self-efficacy.


Professor Sally Brown is an Independent Consultant in Learning, Teaching and Assessment and Emerita Professor at Leeds Beckett University where she was, until 2010, Pro-Vice-Chancellor. She is also Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University, and formerly at the Universities of Plymouth, Robert Gordon, South Wales and Liverpool John Moores, and at Australian universities: James Cook, Central Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast.

She holds Honorary Doctorates from the universities of Plymouth, Kingston, Bournemouth, Edinburgh Napier and Lincoln.

She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Senior Fellow and a National Teaching Fellow

Professor Kay Sambell is widely known internationally for her contributions to the Assessment for Learning (AfL) movement in Higher Education, which seeks to emphasize the ways in which assessment processes can be designed to support and developing students’ learning, as well as measure it. She has directed a number of large-scale research and development projects investigating and enhancing students’ experiences of learning, and was a co-director of Northumbria University’s Centre for Excellence (CETL) in Assessment for Learning, a university-wide initiative where she led on Assessment for Learning Enhancement and student engagement.

Having worked as a Professor of Learning and Teaching at Northumbria University and Edinburgh Napier University, Kay is currently an independent consultant and Visiting Professor of Assessment for Learning at the University of Sunderland and the University of Cumbria.

Kay combines her longstanding interest in AfL with over twenty-five years’ experience as a practising lecturer and course leader in the interdisciplinary area of Childhood and Youth Studies, where she specialises in Children’s Literature. She continues to teach undergraduates and enjoys the opportunity to work collaboratively with students on pedagogic action research projects.

Kay also helped to establish and support a series of international conferences aimed at rethinking assessment practice. She is currently President of the vibrant Assessment in Higher Education (AHE) conference series, ( which leads the development of assessment for learning. Her interests range broadly, however, and, she has focused on academic literacy, the first year experience, widening participation and student engagement.

She was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellow in 2002 for her contributions to innovative assessment and she is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

All Faculty and Teaching Staff are welcome

Date: 23 MAR 2021 (TUE)
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Onlive via Zoom
Organized by: Center for Education Innovation (CEI)
Materials: Recordings and materials

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