January workshop: ‘Assessing Unessays’

Dr Catherine Flick (Faculty of Technology) will facilitate this workshop through active learning in Vijay Patel 1.11 from 1-2pm on Tuesday 16 January 2018.

An unessay, that is, anything that isn’t an essay, is a creative assessment technique that students can use to focus their thinking, explore alternative explanations, and take advantage of their varied skillsets. Unessays have been used successfully in mostly Arts and Humanities subjects, but this year I am trialling the approach with final year business computing students in an effort to get them to explore their final year research project topics in a different way. This talk will explain the philosophy behind and methodology of unessays, their application in a DMU context, and then focus on a discussion around fair assessment criteria.