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Catalytic Assessment

I came across a new term today that immediately intrigued me, Catalytic Assessment. It came up during ta Blackboard TLC 2020 talk by Emmanuel Zilberberg who was discussing Dynamic Assessment method in the Blackboard to t scaffolding of learning and using adaptive release of content once learners are ready. An interesting discussion in its own right, but what really stuck with me was how he described ‘Catalytic Assessment’, “making learner think they are correct as long as necessary”, or something to that effect.  
Draper (2008) define Catalytic Assessment as: 
assessment designed to lead to learning later (often after the learner has given an answer to the question) and where that learning typically occurs without formative feedback (I.e., external and diagnostic or constructive) but through processes (including metacognition) internal to the learner 
In Drapers (2008) paper this is discussed in the context of Electronic Voting Systems. Both Draper (2008) and Emmanuel, discussed this in …
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PROSE Replaced

PROSE (Posgraduate Record Of Student Experience) was a system an intertern Muhammed Khalifa and I developed in 2009. The system coded in .NET, was designed to enable Postgraduate Research students to sign-up to training events, keep a full record of their development and record all their supervisory meetings.

This was one of my first major system developments. I am proud it has lasted this long and the University has oly just managed to find a replacement some 10 years later.

Quizzes in Panpto recordings

This piece was orginally written for the Leicester Learning Institute Blog.

Did you know you that you can add quizzes to your Reflect recordings? This feature can add a level of interactivity to recordings and presents a number of learning and teaching opportunities. You can use the Quizzes guide to discover how to add a quiz to your recording. This article will highlight how to use Reflect Quizzes in practice including writing good MCQs(Brame, 2013).



There are currently three question types in Panopto: True/False, Multiple Choice and Multiple Select. The Quiz’s Settings, shown in Figure 1, can change how your students experience the recording. One of the most powerful of these settings is ‘Block advancing in the video until answering this quiz’; this will prevent learners from jumping ahead, disabling the timeline and/or contents until the quiz is completed. The learner is not required to get 100% or a threshold pass-mark to continue, but it enables them an opportunity to consider and…

MOOCs: The Leicester Landscape Poster

This is the poster I created for the Learning and Teaching Conference (2015) at the University of Leicester. The poster summerises the design considerations and analysis of the first two MOOCs we created at Leicester: England in the time of Richard III and Forensic Science and Criminal Justice. I'm proud to say that the poster was voted "Best conference poster" by the attendees.


MOOCs: The Leicester Landscape from Matthew Mobbs
The poster was created in Graphics the iPad App. I hand drew all the content.