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Dr Christopher Wiley speaks at one-day event on electronic voting systems at the University of Birmingham

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Muirhead TowerDr Christopher Wiley was the closing external speaker at ‘Going to the Polls: Teaching and Learning with TurningPoint’, held in Muirhead Tower at the University of Birmingham on 21 April 2015.

The one-day event on the subject of Turning Technologies electronic voting systems saw Dr Wiley deliver an updated version of his paper ‘Enhancing Instructional Interactivity through Electronic Voting Systems: Advanced Features and Innovative Pedagogies’, alongside a series of talks by academics from the University of Birmingham.

Dr Wiley has recently given workshop-style presentations on electronic voting systems at several different UK universities including Southampton SolentDurhamHull, and Surrey.

The full programme for the event, which was attended by around 40 academics from the University of Birmingham and nearby institutions, may be viewed here: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/doc/content/BirminghamEvent-GoingtothePolls.pdf

Dr Christopher Wiley addresses SEDA Annual Conference at Aston University, Birmingham

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Dr Christopher Wiley addressed the 17th Annual Conference of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), ‘Excellence in Teaching: recognising, enhancing, evaluating and achieving impact’, held at Aston Business School Conference Centre, Aston University, Birmingham on 15-16 November 2012.

His presentation, entitled ‘Standardized Module Evaluation for Teaching Excellence and Enhancement: Views of Students and Staff at a Single UK Higher Education Institution’, discussed the principles underpinning the standardization of module evaluation and its advantages and disadvantages.

Drawing on the standardized module evaluation implemented across City University London last year and some of the more localized processes it replaced, as well as the views of students and staff interviewed as part of his research, Dr Wiley also considered other measures by which teaching excellence might instead be recognized such as student-led teaching award schemes.

In the course of the workshop session, Dr Wiley facilitated a lively discussion on the relative merits and drawbacks of standardized module evaluation, exploring the processes currently implemented at different institutions, sharing best practices, and working towards action planning for the future.