Assessment & feedback symposium: Inclusive assessment

The theme for the LTA’s third Assessment and Feedback symposium is Inclusive Assessment. Inclusive assessment (IA) means considering all aspects of assessment - from development of marking criteria to method and mode of feedback – to ensure that no students are excluded. Although originally focusing on students with disabilities, IA now means examining where implicit and unconscious bias could marginalise any students, and eliminating this for the benefit of all students.

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Keynote presentation and workshop: 360° inclusive feedback

  • Virna Rossi, Ravensbourne University (London): Slides | Recording
  • Dr Mustapha Aabi, Ibn Zohr University (Agadir, Morocco): Slides | Recording (from 28 min 50 sec)

Putting ideas into practice: Inclusive assessment in Brightspace - Andrew Gibson, EDU: Slides | Recording (UHI login required)

Keynote workshop: A social justice model of assessment - Dr Pauline Hanesworth (SRUC): Slides | Recording | WorksheetPadlet

Sharing best practice: Lightning talks from UHI colleagues:

  • Shari Kane: Recording (UHI login required)
  • Douglas Barr and Tom McCallum: Slides | Recording (UHI login required)


Assessment & Feedback Symposium 2020: Event Programme


Dr Pauline Hanesworth

Pauline is the Head of Learning and Teaching at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), prior to which she spent six years as an Academic Lead at the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) where she led work related to equality and diversity in learning, teaching and assessment (on which she researches) and to teaching excellence. She has supported a variety of institutions, faculties, programmes and individual academics to develop their pedagogic practice and firmly believes that good learning and teaching should be equitable and challenging, well-designed and fun.

Virna Rossi 

Virna (independent educational developer, PGCert/MA Course Leader at Ravensbourne University London) is an educationalist who cares. She has been teaching for over 22 years. Her journey started as a Languages teacher in primary, secondary, Fe and HE settings. Since 2008 she has been in various educational development roles, currently at Ravensbourne University London. She is a SFHEA and a FSEDA. 

Her multilingual and multicultural life experiences have made her very aware of the value of diversity. Her main research interests are in inclusive learning design and she is editing a book on this subject with over 60 contributors from all over the world. One of the contributors is Dr Mustapha Aabi with whom she has been collaborating on feedback practices.

Virna's motto is 'Learn to thrive'.

Dr. Mustapha Aabi

Dr. Mustapha Aabi is currently an Associate Professor and course leader of Educational Psychology at Ibn Zohr University, Agadir – Morocco, and a member of the steering group of the International Collaboratory for Leadership in Universally Designed Education (INCLUDE).

He has taught courses in Linguistics and Education in several countries, and has served in education leadership positions, and in different capacities on several international conference, workshop and training program committees. His research interests lie in the areas of trans-linguistics and education. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of education, particularly inclusive education, leadership and early education on issues at the linguistic, cultural and pedagogical intersections.

Andrew Gibson

Andrew Gibson is a project leader within the university’s Educational Development Unit (EDU). His work involves analysing existing materials and methods used by teaching staff, supervising the creation student-centred learning materials, and designing and delivering targeted staff development, much of which over the last two years has focused on Brightspace


Learning and Teaching Enhancement Values

Assessment and feedback for learningIntegrated and sustainable teaching practiceLearner choice and personalisation


This event with run online and colleagues are welcome to attend the whole event, or a selection of sessions.  To book this online event, please do so via Eventbrite



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