Friday, 25 March 2011

Assessment and Feedback workshop - Radiography

Catherine O'Donnell and Dr Vilinda Ross facilitated a Viewpoints workshop on Friday 25th March with 9 diagnostic and 2 therapeutic Radiography colleagues preparing for revalidation in 2012.

The team were keen to explore how they could develop and use their assessment strategy to promote students' learning:-

· At module level
· At course level

Part of the session involved them looking at one module as a demonstration of how they could employ Viewpoints prompts at modular level. The rest of the session involved the radiographers using the Viewpoints tools and process to begin looking at their overall course perspectives.

Slides are available online at Slideshare (an online presentation viewing facility):

Photos are available online via the photo-sharing site, Flickr:

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Greenwich University Open Lecture - Learner-Centred Course Design

Viewpoints Project Director Alan Masson delivered a presentation today at Greenwich University, as part of their Open Lecture Series in Teaching and Learning. The topic of the presentation was 'Learner-Centred Course Design'.

Alan discussed how learner-centred models and frameworks could assist course teams to reflect on, plan, and articulate new course designs for a creative environment. He also talked about the Viewpoints project in the context of learner-centred models, and how the Viewpoints workshop and resources could benefit learner-centred design.

Slides from the presentation are available here.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Viewpoints printable cards now available for download

Viewpoints has now released printable PDF versions of its cards, for use in workshops on curriculum design.

Staff both in Ulster and in other HE or FE institutions may now download the cards for their own use.

These resources will eventually form part of a freely available Handbook which we are currently preparing, which will show users how to run their own curriculum design workshop, using our downloadable resources.

Printable Assessment and Feedback cards - view/download

Printable Information Skills cards - view/download

Printable Learner Engagement cards - view/download

All these cards are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial - ShareAlike license, which lets users remix, tweak, and build upon our work non-commercially, as long as they credit us and license their new creation under the identical terms.


  1. Go to the link for your chosen set of cards (see above) and click on the Download button above the presentation. Your PDF download will begin. Save this PDF to your computer.
  2. Choose File > Print.
  3. When your printing options come up on screen, print two to a page and (if this option is available to you) choose double-sided printing (front and back).
  4. If your printer doesn't support double-sided printing, you can glue/staple pages together to get the front and back of each cards put together - match up the colours and titles of cards to get the front and back of each card.
  5. Cut out the cards to size and glue/staple together if you haven't printed double-sided.
Once you've printed your cards, you can use them in workshops or to aid discussions when considering curriculum design.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Nursing revalidation workshop, Jordanstown campus

Alan Masson today facilitated a Viewpoints workshop on Jordanstown campus for nursing professionals who are considering course revalidation.

The workshop consisted of twelve nursing practitioners, and included staff from the University of Ulster, Queen's University and a variety of Northern Ireland health trusts.

The teams focused on two specific themes for the workshop: Assessment and Feedback and Learner Engagement.

The workshop was received enthusiastically by all staff, with one participant commenting that the Viewpoints process was "a good starting point for [the] curriculum design and development."

Photos of the workshop outputs are now available for view or download via our Viewpoints Flickr photostream.