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What is evidence-based practice and how do we do it?

Evaluation: How educators can self evaluate their own teaching approaches and techniques


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This group is for those who wish to continue the conversation about evaluation.

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25/11/2021 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Let’s talk about the evaluation of pedagogic practice, why we need it, how we do it and how we evidence it. In this free and open conversational webinar with our guest speakers, we will ask difficult questions such as, “How do we choose interventions that will make a real difference to teaching and learning?”, “How do we move from a place of evidence-informed to evidence-based understanding?”, and “How do we know if or when an intervention is having impact?”

Guest speakers:

Paula Shaw – Associate Professor of online teaching and learning

Through my research I have published and presented my ‘PROPHET Framework’ (Pedagogic Realignment with Organisational Priorities and Horizon Emergent Technologies), ensuring that horizon scanning, pedagogy and educational planning are integral to online students’ experiences. With colleagues, we explored the global widening participation agenda through unbundling, rebundling higher education and the online ‘hidden curriculum’

As we move into a new era of blended experiences my tenacity for championing the marginalised will ensure that transitioning between study modes won’t compromise students’ experiences; acknowledging that University life may be experienced in different ways, but all students should feel welcome, supported, and valued irrespective of their location and study mode. Currently I’m leading a QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project . This two-year project focuses on flexible learning and aims to provide evidence-based solutions to improving all students’ learning experiences. 

David Sheffield – Professor of Psychology and Head of Research and Director of Professional Psychology Programmes

David Sheffield is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Derby. His work is focused on interventions and their evaluation in healthcare and educational settings. His recent educational research has focused on online learning and maths anxiety. For example, he has developed and tested interventions to combat maths anxiety in school and higher educational settings in the UK, the Netherlands, Turkey, Brazil and Japan.

He has considerable experience with reviewing and has taught systematic reviewing to postgraduate students; he has published more than a dozen systematic reviews.

Jo Astley – Evaluation and Evidence Manager

Jo has worked in the field of Widening Participation and social mobility for more than 20 years. Most recently she has been responsible for the development of an Access and Participation Plan (APP) Evaluation Framework which will be applied to the University’s APP strategic measures, and will support colleagues to embed evidence-based practice across the institution. She regularly presents at conferences, and has produced a number of blogs as well as conference publication chapters.


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