Associate Professor Adam Bridgemen, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
The challenge of providing effective and timely feedback to large student cohorts is an issue that spans disciplines, faculties and continents. This program is meeting this international challenge by providing bespoke and individualised feedback to hundreds of students quickly and efficiently. Rapid, personalised feedback and feedforward advice is delivered to students within hours of an assessment, enabling them to reflect deeply on their performance and showing them how to improve it. It further supports student learning by making detailed feedback rapidly available to teachers, and by enhancing the authenticity of formative assessments by shifting the focus towards tasks for which real feedback can be written. The program is flexible and sustainable and is at the centre of a more personal approach to staff-student communication. This approach has transformed the student experience in Chemistry at the University of Sydney, been adopted by other schools and departments, and become an exemplar for personalised staff-student interaction and feedback across the institution.
Lunch will be provided.
Presenter: Associate Professor Adam Bridgemen, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
Adam is an Associate Professor and Director of First Year Studies in the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. His research includes computational polyoxometalate chemistry and chemical education. An avenue of his research in education has resulted in the development and investigation of the effectiveness of electronic resources for enhancing education.
Adam began his teaching career at the University of Cambridge where continuous assessment was minimal and tutorial staff:student ratios of 1:2 or 1:3. On arriving in Sydney in 2006 he was appointed as Director of First Year Studies and Second Year Coordinator, with student enrolment numbers in the thousands. His contribution to chemistry education has been recognised through a Faculty of Science Citation for Excellence in teaching, The University of Sydney VC Award for Support of Student Experience (for Delivering High Quality and Rapid Feedback for Large Classes) and an ALTC Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (for Services Supporting Student Learning).
Workshop room 416, Level 4 Mathews Building.