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Taking stock: have we failed to define and measure learning gains?

In the last three years substantial efforts have been made by a vast number of researchers, teachers, and higher education institutions in the UK to define, conceptualise, and measure learning gains. The concept of learning gains, briefly summarised as the distance travelled by students, has been hailed by some as an opportunity to measure “excellence” in teaching. Simply formulated, good to excellent teaching will help students to achieve higher learning gains, and thus measuring learning gains could help policy makers to determine which institutions provide the best value for money. As highlighted by recent articles in Times Higher Education as well as a special issue in Higher Education Pedagogies, the jury is still out whether (or not) we can actually define and measure learning gains.

This wine and debate knowledge exchange event will bring together some of the leading scholars and practitioners from the 12 learning gains projects supported by HEFCE/OfS. Join us at the Open University, Jennie Lee Building, Milton Keynes, on Tuesday 13 November 2018 from 1600-1900 to contribute to our interactive debate. There are a limited number of free places available, which can be booked here.

Confirmed panel speakers/debaters (last updated: 17-10-2018)
Dr David Baume (University of London, independent consultant)

Dr Heike Behle (Warwick University)

Dr Simon Cross (Open University UK)

Prof Allison Littlejohn (Open University UK)

Dr Simon Lygo-Baker (University of Surrey)

Dr Sonia Ilie (Cambridge University)

Dr Maria Pampaka (University of Manchester)

Prof John Richardson (Open University UK)

Prof Bart Rienties (Open University UK)

Dr George Roberts (Oxford Brookes University)

Dr Ian Scott (Oxford Brookes University)

Prof Rhona Sharpe (University of Surrey)

Prof Denise Whitelock (Open University UK)



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