Workshop 3: Design

We invite all interested staff and students from the School of English to discuss alternative assessment practices with us. Our final workshop, 'Design', will take place on Wednesday 10th May from 1 - 3pm, in the Richard Roberts Building, room B79. This workshop will explore what, if anything, should be changed about assessment for LIT204, and how. … Continue reading Workshop 3: Design

Speaker event: assessment, mental health & colonialism with Emile Bojesen and China Mills

On Tuesday 2nd May from 5 - 6.30pm, we will be hosting a speaker event with Emile Bojesen (University of Winchester) and China Mills (University of Sheffield).  The event will be held at the Humanities Research Institute (click here for details of how to find it). This event is open to all members of the University of Sheffield. … Continue reading Speaker event: assessment, mental health & colonialism with Emile Bojesen and China Mills

Emile Bojesen, ‘Ironising Assessment’ (abstract)

Emile will be confronting the problems of assessment with us on Tuesday 2nd May from 5 - 6.30pm at the Humanities Research Institute.  Below is the abstract for his talk.  More details on the event will follow shortly. What if instead of attempting to reform assessment so that it more intimately involves the student, we … Continue reading Emile Bojesen, ‘Ironising Assessment’ (abstract)

Notes from Workshop 2: “System”

The following are lightly-edited notes from our second workshop, held on the afternoon of Wednesday 8th March, in which students came together with faculty to confront the challenges of assessment in general.  In bold are the prompts, questions and contributions made by Josh and Fabienne, who led the workshop.  All other comments are from participants.  … Continue reading Notes from Workshop 2: “System”

Notes from Workshop 1: “Feedback”

The following are lightly-edited notes from our first workshop, held on the afternoon of Wednesday 8th March, in which students discussed their experience of assessment on the Critical and Literary Theory module and other modules, without staff presence.  In bold are the prompts, questions and contributions made by Josh, who led the workshop.  All other … Continue reading Notes from Workshop 1: “Feedback”

Provocation: some non-radical thoughts with some possibly radical consequences

Dr. Jessica Leech, lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London, offers some 'rather non-radical thoughts about assessment, which might lead to some rather more radical changes.' In this short comment, I am not going to propose any radical overhauling of assessment, or of the general structure of the University. I want, instead, to suggest that … Continue reading Provocation: some non-radical thoughts with some possibly radical consequences

‘Modern Examination’ by Ansgar Allen

The following is an extract from Ansgar Allen's book Benign Violence (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 10 - 20. To speak of the history of examination makes little sense. As a concept, examination is neither bland nor universal enough for such a history to be written. It cannot stretch across time gathering together all related events … Continue reading ‘Modern Examination’ by Ansgar Allen

Provocation: by reforming assessment, do we conceal power relations in the university?

In the provocation below, Ansgar Allen argues that projects which aim to reform or 'democratise' assessment practices often conceal, or risk concealing, the fact that the university is manifestly not a democratic institution.  The project faces definite constraints: any lecturers involved will, most likely, remain employees answerable to the University and its mechanisms of so-called … Continue reading Provocation: by reforming assessment, do we conceal power relations in the university?