#reflection on Research Terms

What did I learn today? “Epistemology is the Ology of Knowledge” It’s a line from David James in a talk that can be seen below
How was it useful? It helped to identify my approach to knowledge acquisition, not just for Research purposes, but also for material preparation, and general approaches to learning.
What thoughts came up ? That it is a personal thing, how we construct knowledge is affected by how we approach knowledge acquisition, research, and our research will be both informed and “tainted” by our own personal preferences.
What did I learn? Not to get hung up on Epistemology, it IS important, but it is personal and unique to each researchers.
What will I do with the information i.e. what next? Identify my Epistemology, and work within its constraints, recognise that it can never be 100% accurate, it just needs to be supported by reason and argument.

#reflection on Progamme Focussed Assessment

What did I learn today? About PFA – Programme Focussed Assessment, here http://www.pass.brad.ac.uk/short-guide.pdf
How was it useful? It talks about assessing “across” a programme and not keeping all modules completely separate, in other words, show the students the rationale behind the modules that are being taught to them.
What thoughts came up ? I like the idea and on our courses we always try to do cross-modular assessment but I think we should do more as it would help the students and help us.
What did I learn? Despite our best efforts to co-ordinate assesments during semester there is always a rush at the end, the worst time really as it is coming up to exam time also.
What will I do with the information i.e. what next? raise it at the next programme board meeting and see if we can agree some CMA’s for the coming academic year.