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Seminar: Assessment for learning

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning - National Seminar Series 2017


Title: Assessment for learning – connecting the professional experience of peer review with in-class peer review towards writing transfer

Presenter: Prof Kathleen Blake Yancey (full biography below)


Date/Location: 31st May | 10.30am- 1pm | C1060, University of Limerick

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This seminar is targeted at all staff engaged in scholarship and supporting student writers.

Scholarly peer review, for academic staff engaged in writing for publication, is a prominent feature of the ‘assessment for learning’ that exists in the portfolio of CPD opportunities for staff. Scholarly peer review is essential for most academic staff and, frequently, it may represent one of their only opportunities to gain feedback on their writing. As part of assessment for learning, peer review can have similar benefits for students. However, staff rarely share their experiences of peer review amongst themselves, or indeed with their students.

As noted in the Elon Statement on Writing Transfer (2013), writing transfer ‘is the phenomenon in which new and unfamiliar writing tasks are approached through the application, remixing or integration of previous knowledge, skills, strategies, and dispositions’. As is also remarked, ‘Any social context provides affordances and constraints that impact use of prior knowledge, skills, strategies, and dispositions, and writing transfer successes and challenges cannot be understood outside of learners’ social-cultural spaces’.

In this seminar, participants will have the opportunity to explore assessment for learning by examining their experiences of the peer review process and by making connections between these experiences and peer review for their students. As part of this exploration, participants will consider writing transfer and how it is informed by the social intervention of feedback from peers, as part of a writing community. In this manner, participants will be challenged to identify what elements of writing transfer are contributing to their and their students’ writing processes and how might they be augmented.

This seminar has been designed in consultation with the Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing (INEW) as part of a broader sectoral approach to supporting writing, feedback and assessment in higher education


Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, teaches courses in Composition Theory, Electronic Portfolios, and Classroom Writing Assessment. Editor or Author of 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters, she is the lead PI for the Transfer of Transfer Project. She is also a recipient of numerous awards, including the Donald Murray Writing Prize and two best book awards from the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Hosted by the Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing & the Regional Writing Centre, University of Limerick | Funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education