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Creativity in assessment

In this interactive workshop, Dr Elena Riva (IATL) and Sally Tissington (CLL), from science and arts backgrounds respectively, share their outlook and experiences, both having worked with a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds.

Drawing of a hand holding a pencil with which they are erasing a strand of DNA

Pictured artwork by Jahazaib Johngir, Schoolof Life Sciences - Student Devised Assessment piece for the module 'Genetics: Science and Society'.

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2017

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Teaching Grid, Library

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  Genetics Assessment Rubric - Elena Riva

Exhibition of assessed work Genetics: Science and Society

  Assessing Creativity - Sally Tissington

Alignment with UKPSF


A2: Assess and give feedback to learners

More info: UK Professional Standards Framework


Dr. Elena Riva

elena rivaDuring her outstanding career as a Chemistry researcher, Dr. Elena Riva developed a passion for teaching and outreach. She joined the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) in October 2015, where she is now a Teaching Fellow and Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Dr. Riva is interested in approaches that can link science disciplines to humanities, having developed the IATL modules Genetics: Science and Society and Thinking Water. She played a key role in the development of the new interdisciplinary MSc in Humanitarian Engineering, for which she also convenes the module Water and Environmental Management.
In the Creativity in Assessment course, Dr. Riva will share some of her expertise and experiences in transforming science assessment into a work of art.

Sally Tissington

sally tissington

Sally Tissington has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Fine Art from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Today, Sally is an artist, writer and a creative writing tutor at the University of Warwick. She won the Jane Austen short story award in 2017 for her short story ‘Tomato Pushing Girl.’
Inspired by the different ways in which creativity can be stimulated, such as exposure to different types of art, Sally is now teaching the Creativity: myth, madness and play module offered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning. This module gives students the opportunity to experiment with creating their own art – not only writing, but also print making, working with clay and drawing – alongside looking at the theories that surround creativity.