Having completed the course, participants will be able to:
- Explain and discuss the nature and purpose of the external examiner role, its enhanced function in the new model for quality assessment in higher education, including the importance within it of their contribution to safeguarding academic standards
- Recognise the varied provenance and uniquesess of individuals' standards and the challenge this brings to examiners represnting the standards of their subject, discipline and/or professional community
- Explain the purpose and value of ongoing calibration activities in supporting the use of common 'discipline community' standards
- Draw on practical and scholarly knowledge of assessment as appropriate to the role, including.....
- Explain the importance and use of key reference points for academic standards in the relevant subject, discipline and/or professional area
- Recognise the importance of their continuing professional development in the area of assessment and external examining
- Explain the nature of standards in the higher education context.
The aim of the course is to enable 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, transaprent judgements on academic standards and the enhancement of student learning.
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 course will be delivered by:
- Professor Sue Bloxham, University of Cumbria
- Andy Lloyd, Cardiff University
- Dr Teresa McConlogue, University College London
- Professor Margaret Price, Oxford Brookes University
- Dr Nicola Reimann, Durham University
- Professor Chris Rust, Oxford Brookes University
- Dr Rachel Forsyth, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Professor Peter Boyd, University of Cumbria
- Berry O’Donovan, Oxford Brookes University
- Dr Ian Sadler, Liverpool John Moore University
Benefits of the course
The course brings a number of benefits to both participants and the institution as a whole:
Benefits to the attendee
Benefits to the institution
Play your part in maintaining and improving standards of this critical component of the UK HE system
Maintaining and enhancing standards so that consistent and comparable judgements can be made in your institution as well as in those across the UK
Successful completion will boosts your confidence in the role whether you are experienced or new to the role
This course helps to reinforce the importance of the role of external examining across all staff
The opportunity to enhance your continuing professional development.
An opportunity for you to invest in the continuing professional development of your staff, something they will appreciate and value.
Recognise and deal with the range of influences on your standards and those of others
|Ensures students and other important stakeholders continue to have confidence in the external examiner system|
|Be aware of and effectively use tools and processes designed to reduce variation in standards||Reinforces sector-wide quality and standards|
|Tools to deal with potentially difficult situtations so that consistent and fair judgements are made||To engage participants in continuing professional development so that standards continue to be met and system is reinforced|
|Recognise the effects of calibration to mitigate variability in standards||The creation of stronger external examiner and subject communities|
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