The Warwick Education Conference is a significant annual event in the academic calendar. It is an in-person event, complemented by asynchronous activities, that allows students and staff to come together as an educational community to connect, share and inspire each other through a variety of presentation and discussion-based sessions.
The 2023/24 conference will be taking place on Thursday 2nd May 2024.
It will take place in Radcliffe Conference Centre, with livestreaming of some sessions.
Registration will open shortly.
2022/23 Event Highlights
Conference theme - Reimagining assessment
Thursday 2nd May 2024
Assessment plays a vital role in higher education and is an integral element of the learning process. Recent seismic shifts in the assessment landscape mean that there has never been a more pertinent time to question its purpose as well as its place in responding to educational and societal priorities.
In 2007, a challenge was set to reframe assessment as if learning was importantLink opens in a new window. Over 15 years later, the argument that we need to ‘rethink what is being done in assessment in higher education’ is more important than ever. Questions about what assessment exists to do, who and what it serves, what type(s) of learning it promotes, remain fundamental for educational communities to address. Alongside these is the most important question of how assessment can work to enable and empower all students to achieve to the best of their abilities.
The Warwick Education Conference 2023/24 provides an opportunity for us as a community (students and staff) to add our voices and experiences to conversations occurring across the sector more widely (see Resources below). Questions we might want to explore as we come together to collectively reimagine assessment include:
- How might assessment promote equity and social justice in higher education?
- How can assessment for learning and as learning be emphasised within the curriculum?
- What is the place of assessment in the world of AI? How might generative AI be used to change assessment for the better?
- How might assessment be a vehicle for promoting sustainable development?
- How might the values of academic integrity be designed into assessment?
- How can creative and innovative assessment respond to current needs and priorities?
Call for proposals
The call for proposals has now closed.
If you have submitted a proposal, we aim to notify you of the outcome in the week commencing 4th March 2024.
Find out more about the inspiring keynote speakers who will be joining us on the day:
- Prof Tansy Jessop, lead of the 'Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment' (TESTA) research and change project.
- Dr Paul Campbell, a sector leader in developing and evaluating interventions for making HE curricula and assessment racially inclusive.
Resources to explore the conference theme
Below are some resources connected to the conference theme that you might find interesting and helpful to explore:
- Assessment for Inclusion in Higher Education: Promoting Equity and Social Justice in AssessmentLink opens in a new window (open access book).
- An evaluation of the racially inclusive practice in assessment guidance intervention on students' and staffs' experiences of assessment in HE: a multi-university case study (Project report - QAA funded).
- Assessment for Learning in Higher EducationLink opens in a new window (book - institutional access to download and read online).
- Making the business of assessment clear to allLink opens in a new window (QAA podcast).
- ChatGPT: what should assessment look like now?Link opens in a new window (QAA webinar on youtube).
- Sustainable assessment revisitedLink opens in a new window (journal article revisiting Boud’s 2007 argument – institutional access).
- Assessment for Learning on Sustainable DevelopmentLink opens in a new window (paper – institutional access).