Last chance to register for eAssessment Scotland 2014!

It’s only 10 days to the largest conference dedicated to technology enhanced assessment practice in the UK; eAssessment Scotland, now in its 6th year, welcomes speakers from around the country to the sunny Dundee to share their experiences of eAssessment. We’re delighted to have Mark Glynn, Dublin City University and Peter Reed, University of Liverpool delivering keynotes and a host of seminars, workshops and presentations to choose from.

Although sessions are filling up rapidly, we still have spaces for:

• Open Badges in Open Education – Do They Count? – Martin Hawksey, Association for Learning Technology
• Adaptive Comparative Judgement – Gavin McCabe & Nora Mogey, University of Edinburgh
• Virtual Patients – Paul Chapman, Glasgow School of Art
• The Bedford College Moodle GradeTracker and Other Stories – Roy Currie, Bedford College
• My Portfolio Turned Out to Be More than Just an Assessment … – Libs Browne, University of York

And if that wasn’t enough, we have a free Online Programme running from the 8th – 19th of September. This includes an exciting line-up of international presentations organised by our partners from Transforming Assessment.

Register now for eAssessment Scotland 2014

Inspiring Teaching, Transforming Learning

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The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has undergone something of a revamp recently. This includes their website so if you have not yet had the chance, do have a look at it
Were you involved in the consultation on the re-developed website? If so, I’d be interested to hear from you. The latest update from the HEA includes a number of publications of potential interest including two on Mathematical Transitions; a new Internationalising HE Framework which considers ways in which we can support students’ skills development as global citizens; and a focus on the Future of Flexible Learning by Ron Barnett from the Institute of Education, which proposes ‘15 conditions of flexibility’ across the sector.  The CASTLE blog will focus on a selection of these publications over coming weeks.  More on the latest HEA update is available from here:
Dr Lorraine Anderson,  Head of CASTLE

Finding a Focus on Academic Literacies?

Discussing the ‘what’s in a name’ with a colleague we began to focus our thinking on ‘academic literacies’ as a top level concept that can provide a framework to incorporate digital capabilities, numeracy, literacy, etc. A number of current projects and developing ideas across the institution could be brought together as part of this framework including the work done by the LLC digital literacies team on a programme-level mapping exercise to establish areas which would benefit from further digital literacies input. Also the ideas of the ‘numerate campus’ group to develop students’ capabilities in working with statistics within their own disciplinary context. A baseline for academic literacies could be developed including self-evaluation tests, toolkits and resources, for staff and students, with ongoing development opportunities for individuals at all levels. I feel another CASTLE project coming on.

Dr Lorraine Anderson, Head of CASTLE

CASTLE literacies; What’s in a name?

One of the key strands of CASTLE’s work that crosses all areas of the partnership is our focus on the development of a range of ‘literacies’; skills that will be useful for both students and staff in an academic context, workplace environment and social settings. Or do I mean ‘attributes’ rather than ‘skills’? And what about the literacies themselves, which seem to grow in number on regular basis. Are information literacies a thing of the past and we should be referring to digital literacies? And what about visual literacies – and assessment literacies, which I heard mention of at a recent event. I guess what I’m asking is to what extent these labels are useful in helping us to understand the complexity of graduate literacies (there’s another one for you) or potentially inhibit engagement as students encounter yet another ‘literacy’ to be learned.

Dr Lorraine Anderson, Head of CASTLE

Castle Internal Newsletter

Dear CASTLE colleagues
This is the first in an occasional (I’m not going to say ‘regular’ as that will just be a hostage to fortune!) email for all CASTLE colleagues to keep us informed on current goings-on in the CASTLE and opportunities for engagement with activities around the sector.
Spreading the word about CASTLE
Letting everyone know we exist, and who’s in the CASTLE, is a key activity for the summer and into the new academic year. In addition to our recent front page article on the launch of CASTLE in Highlighter newsletter, there will also be a piece in the next issue of eContact.  There is a CASTLE ‘outpost’ in the main library, next to the InfoZone, with desks and chairs, a pc, soft seating area, shelving – and a pop-up CASTLE banner (see attached). We can use this space in a number of ways, not least as an area to promote CASTLE activities and to capitalise on the significant footfall of students and staff through this area of the library.
Our online presence is also growing through our generic email address , the website and the CASTLE blog which went live today! Check it out at We also have our own CASTLE organisation on My Dundee to allow us to share resources.
I will be writing directly to Deans, and College and School Secretaries, and the DUSA Exec to spread the word about CASTLE while also flagging up its key elements, allowing  your respective individual brands to be retained and strengthened under the CASTLE banner. LLC liaison teams also have an opportunity to take information on CASTLE activities direct to the heart of School business, so do send information on your respective current activities to , marked for LLC Liaison, where it can be collated and then forwarded to liaison teams in advance of School Boards.
Let me know of any other ideas you have for spreading the word about CASTLE … and if you would like to be involved in the CASTLE marketing & publicity meeting which will be held next month then get in touch.
 Who’s up to What in the CASTLE?
DUSA President, Iain MacKinnon, presented a short video scripted by ASC staff, which has been developed jointly by DUSA and CASTLE for the new Dundee University phone app which will be released shortly. The video aims to support student applicants as they move to a university from a school environment.   … and watch this space for more videos as a result of a collaboration between ASC and DUSA TV.
Personal Development Planning (PDP) review group established, involving representation from Careers, PGLA, DUSA and academic reps from each college.
The LLC have purchased LyndaCampus and will get full access to all courses and supporting resources for all staff and students. Learn to do almost anything with the online video tutorials! www.lynda.comThis resource will be fully accessible from 1st September but you can have access now under the trial login. Please contact me directly for the login details.
Forthcoming events of interest
Local …
Unlocking New Ideas in Teaching and Learning
1st October
Abertay University, Dundee
A good practice showcase event supported through the Abertay Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund. Topics include: assessment & feedback; employability; inclusion; technology enhanced learning; and student engagement.
Keynote speakers are Diana Laurillard, IoE, on ‘Discovering and sharing effective online pedagogies’ and Colin Beard, Sheffield Hallam, on experiential learning.
Pre-register your interest in attending by emailing
You can also take an active part yourself by either submitting a poster or running a workshop. Interested? Email a title, short abstract (up to 100 words) and preference of poster or workshop to  by 15th August.
​Further afield …
The 14th Annual Residential Seminar of the Centre for Recording Achievement
27th & 28th November
Aston University, Birmingham
Key themes include: effective PDP or e-portfolio practice; Open Badges and other forms of micro credentialing; the formative use of the HEAR; new thinking on staff and student engagement.
Earlybird booking opportunity – book before Thursday 18th September   
If you’re interested in attending this event, speak to me about possible funding opportunities.
I know that many of you are working as hard over the summer as you do during semester but I also hope that you all manage to get at least a few days break to charge your batteries,
best wishes
Dr Lorraine Anderson (formerly Walsh), FRSA FHEA
Assistant Director LLC
Head of CASTLE 
University of Dundee
T: 01382 385530