Annual Academic Development Symposium 2023

Annual Academic Development Symposium 2023

Recordings of Parallel Sessions are now available.

Watch Professor Steve Tucker's introduction to the "From Surviving to Thriving: Building Resilient Learners Through Assessment and Feedback" Symposium on Thursday 27 April 2023

From Surviving to Thriving: Building Resilient Learners Through Assessment and Feedback

Thursday 27th April 2023, King’s College Centre, Old Aberdeen Campus and via MS Teams

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You can find the Symposium's concise programme hereor the full programme here.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in-person and online.

The Theme for 2023's blended Annual Academic Development Symposium aligned with the QAA (Scotland) Enhancement Theme, "Resilient Learning Communities". The symposium provided an opportunity for staff across the University to engage with and discuss the Theme and to network with colleagues across the University.

The symposium took place on Thursday 27 April 2023. It opened with a keynote presentation entitled "From Surviving to Thriving: Using Compassionate Assessment and Feedback to Foster Engagement and Effective Learning"  by Professors Sally Brown and Kay Sambell, followed by a range of parallel sessions which allowed staff across the University to exchange practices and ideas in a supportive and collaborative environment. It covered topics such as:

  • Co-Creating Learning Experiences: The Student Perspective
  • Preserving Academic Integrity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Enhancement Projects Showcase
  • Rethinking Assessment Feedback: Innovative Approaches to Enhance Student Engagement
  • Designing Inclusive, Flexible, Accessible and Compassionate Assessments
  • Supporting Students Through the Development of Assessment Literacies

The programme also included an interactive workshop "A Pragmatic Approach to Designing and Delivering Authentic Assessment Tasks", delivered by the keynote speakers. The event concluded with an "Expert Panel" discussion on all aspects of resilient learning, feedback and assessment, and the presentation of the Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award 2022/23, and prizes for the Symposium poster competition.

The event was free to attend, and a light lunch was offered to in-person participants, as well as teas/coffees throughout the day. Those who were unable to join the entirety of the event were welcome to attend any of the sessions which were of interest and could join us either at the Old Aberdeen Campus or online via Microsoft TM (MS) Teams. A quiet working room was set up at the King’s College Centre for those who needed to work or attend other meetings during the day, allowing participants the flexibility to join as many or as little sessions as they were able. Everyone was given access to the Teams area, to give them the choice to attend a mix of in-person or online sessions, as preferred.

We want to make this a positive experience for all participants and hope we will meet everyone's needs in joining this event. If you have particular access needs, please contact us at so we can work together to ensure you have the best experience possible. 

With thanks to QAA (Scotland) for providing funding to support the work of the current Enhancement Theme, Resilient Learning Communities.