Course Details

Professional Development Series

Event Description

Introduction to Lecturing - 19 September, 2017

PeerWise - 17 October, 2017 - CANCELLED

Assessing Larger Classes - 24 October, 2017

Flipped Lectures - 15 November, 2017

Ensuring Students Use Feedback - 21 November, 2017

Writing Good Exam Questions - 5 December, 2017

Assessment for Learning - 30 January, 2018

Writing Good MCQs - 13 February, 2018

Student Retention - 27 February, 2018


Introduction to Lecturing 19th September 2017

This workshop is for staff members who are new to teaching or who have infrequent/ less experience of delivering taught sessions.  It aims to provide participants with the necessary practical skills and knowledge to enable them to teach and support learning with confidence and enthusiasm.

We will explore topics including the use of voice, breathing, body language and presentation skills.  You will learn best practices in narrative techniques, and approaches you can use to engage your learners.  You will consider the benefits of continually reviewing, refining and improving your practice to you and your learners.

Mapped to UKPSF
Areas of activity: A2, A4
Core knowledge: K2, K3, K5
Professional values: V1

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PeerWise 17th October 2017 - CANCELLED

PeerWise is a web-based system that allows students to create and share multiple-choice questions, and to receive feedback on the quality of their questions.  Students use PeerWise to explain their understanding of course related assessment questions, and to answer and discuss questions created by their peers.

Students benefit from:

  1. designing questions
  2. choosing plausible distractors
  3. writing explanations
  4. answering questions
  5. evaluating questions

Mapped to UKPSF
Areas of activity: A2, A4
Core knowledge: K1, K4
Professional values: V1, V2

For more information on the descriptors see:


Assessing Larger Classes 24th October 2017

The most challenging aspect of assessment can sometimes be dealing with assessing larger classes.  In some situations individual staff can feel overwhelmed with marking and feedback loads and this can in itself lead to problems of maintaining marker consistency and reliability.

The concept of a ‘large’ class can differ depending on what discipline you are teaching in and what may seem an appropriate assessment for one discipline may not necessarily work in another.

This course will help you to examine the ways in which you are currently assessing your student groups and if this is the best way for your subject area.  You will identify the strengths and weaknesses of your existing assessment methods.  You will explore alternative methods of assessing larger classes which you could apply in your own practice and develop a process of evaluation, review and improvement based on feedback from learners. 

Mapped to UKPSF
Areas of activity: A3
Core knowledge: K1, K2, K5, K6
Professional values: V1, V3

For more information on the descriptors see:


Flipped Lectures 15th November 2017

This course will explore the pedagogic implications of flipping the classroom - where students view materials and learning resources at home and lecture time is used for more collaborative activities, e.g. discussions, critical-thinking, problem based learning usually carried out in interactive group sessions.

We will focus on:

  • The potential benefits of flipped learning/ blended learning/ mixed-mode instruction.
  • How flipped learning can be used in a Higher Education context. 
  • Creating and selecting appropriate resources for students to study at home.
  • Designing a successful blended learning approach for your subject area.


You will consider the importance of continually reviewing, refining and improving the mode of instruction to ensure the most appropriate balance for your learners.

In keeping with the title, the content of this course will be available online prior to the workshop.

Mapped to UKPSF
Areas of activity: A1, A2, A4
Core knowledge: K1, K2, K3, K4, K5
Professional values: V1, V2, V3, V4

For more information on the descriptors see:


Ensuring Students Use Feedback 21st November 2017

This course focuses on how you can help your students to make the most of the feedback they are given. Feedback is an important aspect of the assessment activity.  Just as assessment motivates student activity and provides opportunities for practice, it is the feedback that helps students understand their conceptions and points to follow-up work.

Work that has been assessed and annotated with comments highlighting good features of the students’ submission as well as identifying areas for future consideration can help students to understand the standards expected of them.

We will consider:

  • How to give good feedback that engages the students in follow-up activity.   
  • Steps to take to enable students to act on the feedback they receive.
  • Questions you can ask yourself and your students to help them to respond constructively to feedback they are given.

Mapped to UKPSF
Areas of activity: A1, A3
Core knowledge: K2, K3, K4
Professional values: V1, V3

For more information on the descriptors see:


Writing Good Exam Questions 5th December 2017

This informal session will provide you with an opportunity to explore and discuss approaches to writing questions for exams.  We will look at the types of knowledge and understanding that can be assessed using particular types of questions and discuss how to ensure exam questions align with the learning objectives of a programme.

During the session, we will consider how to:

  • apply the principles of constructive alignment to summative assessment.   
  • ensure questions are clear, fair and accessible to all students.
  • prepare appropriate marking guidance

Mapped to UKPSF
Areas of activity: A3, A5
Core knowledge: K2, K5, K6
Professional values: V2, V3

For more information on the descriptors see:


Assessment for Learning 30th January 2018

This course will look at the ways in which assessment shapes what and how students learn.  A balanced and effective assessment strategy is key to improving the learning and success of your students.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss current assessment practice in your subject area and consider questions including:

  1. What is the purpose of assessment?
  2. How much assessment is necessary?
  3. What assessment methods should I use?
  4. What type of assessment is best for my students?
  5. What is the current assessment practice in my subject area?
  6. How has the new structure of the academic year impacted assessment in my subject area?

We will also discuss how to use feedback from learners to evaluate and improve the assessment process.

Mapped to UKPSF
Areas of activity: A1, A3, A5
Core knowledge: K1, K2, K4, K5, K6
Professional values: V1, V2, V3, V4

For more information on the descriptors see:


Writing good MCQs 13th February 2018

This course will examine best practice in writing multiple choice questions (MCQs).  We will discuss the strengths and limitations of MCQs and the various types of MCQs available to measure the learner’s understanding.

We will look at how to construct MCQs; the wording and format of the stem and how to present the answer options in a clear and unambiguous way.

You will have an opportunity to identify the preferred MCQ format(s) for your subject area and those to avoid.  There will also be some useful advice on how to prepare learners for taking MCQ tests and selecting software/ online tools to create MCQs. 

Mapped to UKPSF
Areas of activity: A1, A3
Core knowledge: K1, K2, K3, K4
Professional values: V1

For more information on the descriptors see:


Student Retention: What works? 27th February 2018

What can we do to help prevent students from dropping out of university?  We will look at a range of interventions used successfully across the sector to improve student engagement, belonging, retention and success.

We will also consider how activities such as focus groups enable you to gain valuable feedback from learners.  You can use this information to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and other aspects of the student learning experience to improve student satisfaction and retention.

Mapped to UKPSF


Areas of activity: A1, A2, A4, A5

Core knowledge: K2, K3, K5

Professional values: V1, V2, V3

For more information on the descriptors see:


Booking Information

Registration is via Queen’s Online (In the navigation under My Services, select Other, then Training Courses).

Booking URL: Queen's Online
New Course: Yes
Course Type(s): Assessment and Giving Feedback, Design and Planning of Learning Activities, Student Support and Guidance, Teaching and/or Supporting Student Learning
Staff Categories: Academic, Research
Keywords: Lecturing, teaching, PeerWise, assessment, flipped, classroom, feedback, students, assessment, MCQ, retention

Course Contact Details

Name: Centre for Educational Development
Telephone: 1447