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Upcoming Connections Seminars

Semester 1 2011

You must register to attend any of the seminars at:

Designing Assessment to Develop Students as Researchers
3 May 2011, 1-2pm, Goodsell LG29
Patsie Polly (School of Medical Sciences, Medicine) and Ms Gwyn Jones (Learning Centre)

In this interactive session, Dr Patsie Polly (School of Medical Sciences, Medicine) and Ms Gwyn Jones (Learning Centre) share their experience of designing and implementing an approach to assessment to enhance student learning and engage them as researchers.  Their approach, which engages tutors and students into a community of practice, has resulted in both positive learning outcomes and increased confidence amongst students as researchers.  Aspects include: development of standardised and explicit marking criteria, skills workshops (SWLs) and a skills focus guide (SFG). Click here to download the five-element framework of the approach taken to assessment design: Assessment Design Framework
GCIH >> 350-018V4 >> 400-101 >> 70-496 >> 300-101 >> C2150-197 >> 070-462 >> 1Z1-507 >> 117-202 >> C_TB1200_90 >> 070-483 >> C2090-610 >> 70-385 >> 1Z0-533 >> 1Z0-517 >>

Come along to hear about how this approach was implemented and the impact it has had; plus discuss how it can be applied in a range of different assessment contexts to build student engagement and skills development.

Panel: Jacquelyn Cranney, Stephen Marshall, Janet Chan, Jennie Lang, and Eileen Baldry.
This interactive session will examine the concept of “Global Citizenship”. As a UNSW graduate attribute, global citizenship is defined as “a commitment to embracing cultural diversity” and graduates are expected to be:

  • culturally aware and capable of respecting diversity and acting in socially just/responsible ways
  • capable of applying their discipline in local, national and international contexts
  • capable of initiating as well as embracing change
  • ethical practitioners
  • capable of effective communication.

Some questions to explore:

  • How do we know that our graduates have these capabilities?
  • What assessment and quality assurance strategies are needed?
  • Should the development of this attribute be within the formal curriculum domain or the extra curricular domain?
  • Within the formal curriculum domain, are educators aware of this graduate attribute?
  • What is the best way to teach and assess this attribute within the curriculum?
  • How does “global citizenship” relate to the concept of “Internationalisation of the curriculum”?

We welcome your input to this session, which will be chaired by Jacky Cranney, ALTC National Teaching Fellow, and will feature a panel of colleagues from across the university, including Janet Chan (President, Academic Board), and Stephen Marshall (Director, Learning and Teaching@UNSW

You must register to attend.  For more information and to register online, go to:
C9560-505 >> 70-496 >> 1Z0-100 >> C2150-197 >> ITILFND >> 070-411 >> PEGACSA71V1 >> C_TAW12_731 >> 1Z0-459 >> 70-486 >> 200-120 >> 810-403 >> EX200 >> 70-532 >> MB2-708 >>
All the sessions include Q&A/discussion time so please come along prepared to share your experiences.

Visit our blog for useful resources, film clips and links from past seminars:

Questions?  Please contact Debbie Owen (; ext 51932)


Seminars are being added all the time so please check the blog or registration page for updates or email to get on the mailing list.