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050919 ALT 2019 Boyd, McLean & Neu


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A presentation for ALT 2019 providing a review of assessments currently being used by distance learning students at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Focus on the inspiration and challenges of getting creative with assessment.

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050919 ALT 2019 Boyd, McLean & Neu

  1. 1. ALT Annual Conference 2019 Edinburgh, September 5th Getting Creative with Assessments for Distance Learners Sharon Boyd, Nancy McLean & Mirjam Neu
  2. 2. Background Postgraduate student cohort – 14 online programmes, three on-campus – Over 700 students Project group – Members – Meetings – Report – Conference
  3. 3. Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) • I am encouraged to be involved in decisions about how my course is run • My confidence to be innovative or creative has developed during my course • My ability to communicate information effectively to diverse audiences has developed during my course
  4. 4. Summative assessment review
  6. 6. Example • Personal experience with creative assessments • Challenges • Positive outcomes
  7. 7. ©ECIR Group
  8. 8. Getting more creative • Creativity in task (student-centred) • Creativity in creation (staff training) • Communication between programmes (staff and students)
  9. 9. Summary • Report • Observations • Areas for further investigation
  10. 10. Over to you… • Do you have experience of creating assessments, as a student, staff member or both? • Have you created similar groups of students and staff to explore other methods of teaching and assessment?
  11. 11. Sharon Boyd: (; @sboydie) Nancy McLean: ( Mirjam Neu: (
  12. 12. Acknowledgements Thanks to the Digital Education Unit who gathered the assessment data. ECIR ( have given permission for the use of Dr Eleanor Kellon’s image of the “Balancing of Minerals” in this presentation. Other images were created by the authors or were sourced from Pixabay ( Pixabay images are free for use for commercial and non-commercial use. Other images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence.
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