Academic Developers: February Roundup

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Curriculum Framework ready for consultation

A Curriculum Framework for Sussex is in development as part of Curriculum Reimagined. The working document has been created from stakeholder engagement, dedicated open meetings and working groups.  There are elements that will need to be added as Curriculum Reimagined continues (particularly in relation to assessments).

We would encourage everyone to take a look, particularly at the draft Curriculum Principles from page 6, which will guide future course design and review. Is there anything missing? Can these principles be contextualised to your disciplines? Please provide feedback to the Curriculum Reimagined team –

The framework can be found on the Teaching pages (just underneath the white boxes) Teaching : Staff Hub : University of Sussex.

Workshops and web guidance

Each month we feature a workshop from our menu of staff development workshops, all of which can be tailored for course teams, departments and schools. If you want us to facilitate a bespoke workshop to support making changes to your programme, or to try a new teaching or assessment approach in your module team, email us to find out more.

This month’s featured workshop is ‘Alternative Assessments’. 

This workshop:

  • Explores the benefits and challenges of designing and implementing alternative assessments. 
  • A range of options for diversifying assessments, 
  • How these changes may improve student experience and make assessments more AI resilient. 

Other Educational Enhancement (EE) workshops scheduled for Semester 2 include Applying for promotion on the scholarship track (Thursday 8 February 11:00 until 12:30).  Book your place via Eventbrite

Go to our  events, workshops and seminars page to find out more and register for upcoming workshops.

We’ve also added new guidance to our website on:

Teaching Methods:

  • Teaching sensitive subjects
  • Building student engagement
  • Inclusive teaching
  • Supporting academic writing

Curriculum Design:

  • Education for Sustainable Development

Sussex Education Festival 2024

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Education Festival here at Sussex, we are now planning this year’s event. We’re scheduling a two-day programme with talks, workshops and interactive sessions from Wednesday 10th to Thursday 11th of July. Watch this space for a Call for Papers, and save the date now!

Sussex Education Awards 2024

Voting is now open for the Education Awards, which are an opportunity for staff and students to recognise members of Professional Services or academic staff who have had a positive impact on our community.   Don’t delay, vote today!

2nd AI CoP: Monday 18th March, 14:00-15:30

The next meeting of the Teaching and Learning with AI Community of Practice (AI CoP) will focus on sharing approaches to talking with students about AI for learning and assessment. Save the date for now and look out for details and joining instructions.

Learning Matters

We published three new case studies this month on Learning Matters that explore student engagement, authentic assessment and optionality in assessment modes. We also featured a short article by Dr Jo Wilson that discusses the pedagogical rationale for flexible assessment.

Introducing optionality in assessment

Using Vevox in the classroom

Developing authentic assessment for learning

“It equals the playing field” student reflections on introducing optionality

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