PedRIO Workshop Effective Evaluation

Joint PedRIO / HEA Workshop 

Effective Evaluation in Higher Education 'Moving beyond the happy sheet'

7 April 2016

10am start, 6th Floor Rolle Building, Plymouth University

Keynote Speaker: Professor Roni Bamber, Director - Centre for Academic Practice, Queen Margaret University

‘Evidencing the value of CPD: Impact, instrumentality and indicators?’

Workshop overview

Demonstrating impact in every aspect of academic life has crept into our normality, as governments and their agencies have moved increasingly from a trust-based relationship with HE to an accountability-based relationship. How can we meet these impact requirements, when we know that our attempts to measure student learning, for example, can create as many problems as they solve? Module evaluation is notoriously tricky, the NSS distorts what we do, and ‘the student voice’ is a very slippery concept. Evidencing the value of CPD for teaching and learning is equally problematic – but not impossible.

This keynote will suggest an approach to evidencing the value of what we do in learning and teaching CPD, which reflects our academic values and norms, and which is flexible enough to support evaluation at different levels and in different contexts.   

Through interactive workshops led by key thinkers in evaluation practice participants will be introduced to evaluation that involves students and creative methodologies. An Evaluation Toolkit developed by PedRIO through the recent HEA Project will also be introduced.

Workshop programme

10 - 10.25am - Registration

10.30 – 11.15am - Keynote Speaker: ‘Evidencing the value of CPD: Impact, instrumentality and indicators?’
Professor Roni Bamber, Director-Centre for Academic Practice, Queen Margaret University

11.15 – 12.15pm - ‘More than just a snapshot’ Introducing a tool for evidencing the value of teaching related CPD 
Dr Lucy Spowart, Dr Becky Turner and Dr Jennie Winter, Plymouth University

12.15 – 1pm - ‘Creative approaches to evaluation’
Dr Daphne Loads, Academic Developer, University of Edinburgh

1 - 2pm Lunch

2 – 2.45pm - The role of Students in staff development,
Ellie Russell, Student Engagement and Partnership Manager (NUS)

2.45 – 3.30pm - Evaluation Model – A four level approach
Liz McGregor, Dr Rebecca Vickerstaff and Emma Purnell, ASTI, Plymouth University

3.30 - 4pm - Plenary discussion to include future directions in evaluation practice.

Register your interest now/further queries: teachandlearn@plymouth.ac.uk

The next day we invite you to attend our:
Fifth PedRIO Annual Conference - 8 April 2016
The 5 key themes for the conference are: Internationalisation, Educational Sustainable Development, Induction and Transition, Assessment, and Curriculum Innovation.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Roni Bamber

Roni Bamber is Director of the Centre for Academic Practice, at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She is a Professor of Higher Education, carrying out research into Universities as organisations, lecturer development, evaluation of academic work, managing change in universities and student learning. She is Chair of the current Scottish Enhancement Theme, Student Transitions, and was previously Chair of the Learning from International Practice in the Taught Postgraduate Student Experience project.


Professor Roni Bamber