Resources from the Event 'Improving Teaching and Learning for International Students: strategies for supervision & assessment'

Description Resources from the ESCalate / 'Teaching International Students' event Improving Teaching and Learning for International Students: strategies for supervision & assessment, held on 11 May 2010 at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.

Further information about the Teaching International Students initiative can be found on the Higher Education Academy website www.heacademy.ac.uk/internationalstudents

Introduction

ESCalate is working with 'Teaching International Students' a new national initiative centred on improving teaching and learning for international students. This project is funded by the Prime Minister's Initiative and the Higher Education Academy with support from the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

As part of the goal of improving teaching practice for international students, we held an event on 11th May 2010 at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. The themes for the day were: practical approaches to supervising and effective assessment of and feedback to international students. The day was designed primarily for practitioners working in the field of education.

Jude Carroll, 'Teaching International Students' team member, and co-author with Janette Ryan in 2005 of 'Teaching International Students: improving learning for all', has run workshops on assessment issues involving international students for over a decade.  Year after year, student surveys show that all students are concerned about assessment but ‘for international students, the problem is deeper’ (Sovic, 2008).  For teachers, too, assessment and feedback challenges many of their customary practices and often brings up decisions and actions which challenge deeply held beliefs and values. Jude led a session which identified the issues surrounding assessment and feedback for international students and provided a space for looking at how teaching practice can be one part of addressing them.

Dr Sheila Trahar of the University of Bristol discussed the supervision of international postgraduate students - a topic about which she offered insights drawn from both practice in the UK and Hong Kong and through her research.  Sheila, the ESCalate Academic Consultant on internationalisation, wrote the popular Discussion Paper on ‘Teaching and Learning: the International Higher Education Landscape’ http://escalate.ac.uk/3559

Gallery
  • Szeri with the ESCalate stand
  • Introducing the 'Teaching International Students' project
  • International student discussion
  • Delegates
  • Sheila Trahar discussing strategies for supervision
  • Genna with the ESCalate stand
  • Lunchtime
  • Lunchtime drinks
  • Discussing strategies for assessment and feedback
  • Group discussion