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.

Who can attend?

All ANU Staff – Anyone interested in learning and teaching in the Higher Education setting, including Advancing Learning and Teaching (ALT) participants. 

Please ensure you can use basic controls in Zoom such as joining breakout rooms, using chat, and sharing your screen and Zoom whiteboard.


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Minimum numbers

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Dr Chris Browne

Sub Dean / Senior Lecturer
Colleges of Science; Health and Medicine

Associate Professor Catherine Frieman

School of Archaeology and Anthropology
College of Arts and Social Sciences

What do you need?

A stable internet connection (min 1.5 Mps up/down) to enable video conferencing.
A suitable quiet space so that you can turn on your camera and speak freely in order to actively engage in the workshop.
Updated version of Zoom using the Exploring Zoom Handout.
A laptop or device that allows you to save and share files

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