Day two of Jisc’s annual Connect More online conference focussed on ’emerging trends and effective practice in assessment and feedback, from digital and online tools to alternative assessment models’.
During the conference, Zak Liddell, who had taken on the role of Director of Education Services overseeing Academic Policy, Quality & Standards, Student Casework, and Student Engagement, along with 1st year undergraduate student Sophie Bush, gave a joint presentation on their participation in a recent event cantered around generative AI for Russell Group leaders. Zak mentioned that before the event, a team of staff from different departments worked together to design the programme. They had realised that it was important to involve the student perspective, so the staff team enlisted the help of a group of student volunteers. The larger team then had an open discussion to explore various thematic areas related to generative AI and assessment, andused these themes to develop a set of future-proof ‘AI and assessment’ principles.
In their presentation Zak and Sophie reflected on their experience of working together to co-design the principles and participate in the event. They both found the exchange of diverse perspectives and experiences to be extremely valuable, with Zak describing it as one of the most fulfilling activities of his academic year. The session was moderate by Chris Thomson from Jisc who had also been involved in the initial event.