E-Qual – new app to teach coding of qualitative data

The aim of most undergraduate research methods courses is to introduce students to the theory and techniques associated with quantitative and qualitative research. However, teaching such skills can be challenging, particularly when instructing large groups of students; the topics covered can be diverse and the subjective nature of qualitative coding can prove difficult for someRead more

Quick reference guide for staff on feedback

In this last blog post in ‘Focus On… Feedback’ month, Dr Valerie Pinfield, who is a lecturer in Chemical Engineering, shares her thinking on giving feedback to students. I wanted to produce a quick-reference guide for staff to check the feedback that we/they are giving to students, and ensure that it has the effect ofRead more

CAP Forum Postponed

The first CAP Forum, focusing on assessment, will now be held on Friday March 6th (time to be advised shortly) and will cover the February Focus On… topic of feedback as well.Read more

Feedback Research – CEDE

Three years ago, a number of Engineering Schools approached The Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE), requesting the Centre’s help to unpick, from the students’ perspective, the assessment and feedback issues that were being highlighted by the National Student Survey (NSS).  Their goal was to identify what the School could do strategically to enhanceRead more

CAP Forum Friday 6th Feb – Focus On Assessment

Date: Friday 6th February Venue: BRI.2.08 – Bridgeman Building Time: 14.00 – 16.00 Come and discuss assessment!   During January the Centre for Academic Practice (CAP) has been running a series of workshops and other activities focused on assessment. The CAP Forum, which will be the first in a regular series, will be an opportunityRead more

CASPA overview

CASPA has been developed by CEDE (Centre for Engineering and Design Education) and is an online system that enables staff to schedule all types of degree programme and module assessments, to record student submissions/participation against assessments and to record the return of work/feedback to students.  It is a large web based application with interfaces toRead more

Focus On… Assessment via OMR

Assessment via what? OMR stands for Optical Mark Recognition, a technology which is still widely used here at Loughborough for summative assessment – and yet many colleagues will know very little about the service. If you’d like to know more, we are running a ‘coffee and cake’ session on OMR as part of Focus On…Read more

Using mobile devices to enhance fieldwork

Prof. Derek France from the University of Chester will be visiting the Geography Department on Wednesday 21st January to share his considerable experience of using technology to enhance student learning. Derek will be leading a hands-on seminar: ‘Enhancing fieldwork learning with Mobile devices’. This will take place from 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday 21st Jan, location TBC.Read more

Lecture Capture Conference Postscript

Our 2nd lecture capture conference last month, attended by over 70 delegates, received very positive feedback and generated some fantastic debates about the value of lecture capture. There was general agreement that it would be useful to run another event with a similar focus (on pedagogic research around lecture capture) later this year, and we’ll certainlyRead more

Focus On… Assessment

Starting this month, the Centre for Academic Practice is going to have a different thematic focus every month throughout the academic year. The focus for January 2015 is ‘assessment’ which seems appropriate as we approach the examination period. For each theme we’ll have a range of workshops, ‘coffee and cake’ sessions as well as blogRead more

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