Annie Bryan

Annie Bryan

Assistant Professor in Academic Development. Diverse experience supporting teaching, learning and research in Higher Education. Background in Applied Linguistics.

Location UK


  • Great to hear, @IanRennie - good luck with implementing these approaches in your own practice. Thank you for your participation in the course!

  • Thanks for your thoughts on the case studies @NicolaSabry. It's great that you are making connections between F2F and online contexts, and considering how the approaches that are showcased could be applied in your discipline.

  • That's good to hear @AnnaM - these maps can be a useful way of visualising students' assessment journeys-I think educators are often surprised by the outcomes..!

  • "Mingling"...such a great word! Glad to hear that worked well for your students, @AnnaM - it sounds like your approach would help them to create a sense of community.

  • Thanks for sharing @ManishKhanal ! Why do you think MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) work well for this purpose?

  • Great to have you on board @ShantaRayamajhiBasnet :)

  • Welcome to the course @JoanneCreaser !

  • Ah, that's great to hear that you have reached out to Edumundo @MartinCooke - they will be pleased to hear from you! And good that you found a case study around "feedforward"- I noticed that you flagged this concept in one of your earlier comments.

  • Glad you're still with us @MartinCooke ..! It's been great to see all your comments and active participation in this course so far.

  • @PaulStevenDonaldson there's a lot to weigh up, for sure! Thanks for sharing, it is always interesting to get insights into the practicalities (challenges!) in different disciplines/contexts.

  • Wow, thank you for your positive comments @PaulStevenDonaldson - I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the experience. Thanks for your active participation throughout the two weeks!

  • @PaulStevenDonaldson A frustrating experience! As you mentioned in a comment on one of the earlier steps, I agree that thinking back to our own time as students can help to inform our practice now that we are educators. Even if that means recalling examples of what *not* to do!

  • I especially like your wording for #2!

  • A wide range of assessment types, @PaulStevenDonaldson - and good to see you making comparisons to posts by other learners. Why would it not be possible to test anonymously in your discipline? I can see that this would be a challenge for speaking exercises, but imagine it could work for reading, writing and listening. Interested in your thoughts on this!

  • Great to feel your excitement @SanjayThube ! Welcome to the course :)

  • Thanks for sharing examples of the tools that you found useful. Copyright issues can be a challenge, especially if working with students in a variety of countries- and the same goes for use of online tools. Have you experimented with Open Educational Resources (OER)? It sounds like these may be useful for you. e.g.

  • Interesting points @PaulStevenDonaldson . I'm thinking about how free short courses (such as those offered on FutureLearn!) fit into this. Do you feel that the quality assurance mechanisms in place at your institution need to be different for blended learning?

  • That sounds really fun, @LisaGarratt - letting your personality shine through, and encouraging your students to do the same :)

  • Ah, to feel 18 again...! That has made my day @FisnikAliaj :)

  • Thank you @SmritiVishwakarma for your comments, I am pleased to hear that you found some inspiration from the new paradigm..! Best of luck with putting it into practice.

  • Fantastic! So please to hear that it prompted some useful reflections for you, @YulyAlvear. Thank you for joining us on this course.

  • Great to see you taking some inspiration for your own practice @PilarDelgado !

  • Nice to see you drawing on the perspectives of other learners @RekhaTrivedi !

  • Glad you liked the tool @YulyAlvear - why not try using it with your own students? It is free, and easy to use :)

  • Loving this conversation! I am a fan of onomastics. My name is derived from the Hebrew word for "grace"! Welcome to the course @FisnikAliaj

  • A warm welcome to you, @SmritiVishwakarma !

  • I think it's common for educators to be applying these theories without necessarily realising @RoyEmurotu ;) I'm glad you have enhanced your understanding of the approaches you have been taking with your students.

  • I think the size of the group can make a big difference, too @CameronHills - nice that you can get to know your students!

  • Welcome to the course @MontseG. ! Lovely to hear about your role and what you do with your free time. We are exciting to have you join us from Mexico!

  • Great to have you here @RoyEmurotu :)

  • I agree @EmilyStewart-Reed , it can be a challenge in practice to provide feedback "on the spot". I know that some students prefer a bit of time and space to "recover" from doing the assessed task before they receive feedback. Of course, much depends on the format that the feedback takes- written, verbal, and so on.

  • That is good to hear @EmilyStewart-Reed - and important that students are made aware of this process.

  • Very true, @TafheemSaniya - it is helpful to enable students to engage with the feedback, and not just the grade! Interesting that you create rubrics with your students- what advice do you have for others who might want to try this approach?

  • You have made some great contributions @AngelaStandish and I'm glad the case studies were useful to you, as well as the use of padlet. Thank you for your comments and suggestions!

  • Great to see that you recognise how the potential for the practices captured in these case studies to be applied in different subject areas, @AngelaStandish - and, again, your understanding of the value of "real world" assessments.

  • I like your thoughts around authentic assessment @AngelaStandish - ensuring that assessments align with students' professional aspirations. How do you do this in your own context?

  • Indeed, covid has had a big impact on assessment practices for many @AngelaStandish ! Great to hear that you're interested in CA- I hope this week of the course will give you some further insights into this.

  • Great that you are determined to continue developing as a teacher @MaribelArmendariz - and that you are taking inspiration from your classmates!

  • Saskatoon! I am loving the range of destinations on our course. Welcome, @TafheemSaniya :)

  • Go for it @MaribelArmendariz ! Video can provide a really engaging and personalised medium for interaction between staff and students, both in terms of an assessment format and as a means of giving feedback.

  • Glad to hear that you have been inspired @MaribelArmendariz ! There is always new technology to experiment with and to keep your students engaged in their learning :)

  • That sounds really promising @MaribelArmendariz for when you do start your formal teaching- you have a clear understanding of the benefits of this approach!

  • Great to hear that you are making explicit links to the workplace in your assessments @EmilyStewart-Reed ! What do you think your students gain from this approach?