Not Another Essay: Exploring contemporary assessment ideas and examples

Are you tired of marking essays and looking for inspiration for your next assessment?

In this workshop, join Dr Chris Browne and A/Prof Catherine Frieman as they look at some situations where essays and reports have been replaced with ‘Learning Portfolios’ and ‘UnEssays’ in subjects from archaeology to law to engineering. They will discuss the benefits (and some drawbacks) of this approach, and how they have scaffolded the experience for students. They will share practical examples of running this style of assessment in small and large classes, and provide some examples of student work.

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Tue 24 May, 2022


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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  • Catherine Frieman
    Catherine Frieman
    Associate Professor, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr Chris Browne
    Dr Chris Browne
    Sub Dean / Senior Lecturer, Colleges of Science; Health and Medicine

    Dr. Chris A. Browne’s research and teaching focus is on building literacy in systems approaches in the Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine at The Australian National University. This includes investigating conceptual models of complex systems, methodology of problem-solving processes, strategies for developing intuition of dynamic systems, and processes for constructing and integrating shared conceptual models of systems.

    Chris holds a PhD, BEng and BAsianStudies from The Australian National University, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Tomorrow’s Systems Engineer lead in the Systems Engineering Society of Australia.

    Chris is currently a Sub Dean in the Colleges of Science; Health and Medicine, and Convenor of the Vice-Chancellor’s Courses.

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