This professional development course has been developed as part of the Degree Standards project and is for aspiring, new or experienced examiners to:
- understand the role of the external examiner as articulated in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and be confident to undertake it;
- develop a deeper understanding of the nature of academic standards and professional judgement, and explore the implications for external examining;
- use evidence-informed approaches to contribute to impartial, transparent judgements on academic standards and the enhancement of student learning.
Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on building understanding through valuing participants’ experiences and prior knowledge, and active participation in the use of a variety of activities (e.g. reading, exercises, discussion).
The course is comprised of two parts:
- Part 1: Online activities and reading
- Part 2: Face-to-face workshop (1 day)
Part 1 comprises activities and reading which are essential to participating in Part 2. Most participants find that these take around 3 hours to complete although some, particularly those new to external examining, find they take quite a bit longer. Access to Part 1 will be given two weeks prior to the face-to-face workshop.
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Who should attend?
The design of the course reflects an active learning approach, with an emphasis on valuing participants' experiences and prior knowledge. As such, it is equally relevant for aspiring, new or experienced examiners.
The design of the course reflects an active learning approach, with an emphasis on:
- building understanding through valuing participants’ experiences and prior knowledge;
- active participation, through a variety of activities (e.g. reading, exercises, discussion);
- ensuring direct relevance of content to participants’ examining role, with the use of tasks that are representative of the kinds of activities with which, as examiners, they will engage;
- exchanging good practice, particularly by sharing the expertise of experienced examiners with participants who have less experience.
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