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Assessing collaborative learning: big data, analytics and university futures (2016)
Journal Article
Williams, P. (2017). Assessing collaborative learning: big data, analytics and university futures. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 42(6), 978-989. doi:10.1080/02602938.2016.1216084

Traditionally, assessment in higher education has focused on the performance of individual students. This focus has been a practical as well as an epistemic one: methods of assessment are constrained by the technology of the day, and in the past they... Read More

Squaring the circle: a new alternative to alternative-assessment (2014)
Journal Article
Williams, P. (2014). Squaring the circle: a new alternative to alternative-assessment. Teaching in higher education, 19(5), (565-577). doi:10.1080/13562517.2014.882894. ISSN 1356-2517

Many quality assurance systems rely on high-stakes assessment for course certification. Such methods are not as objective as they might appear; they can have detrimental effects on student motivation and may lack relevance to the needs of degree cour... Read More

Fit for purpose: traditional assessment is failing undergraduates with learning difficulties. Might eAssessment help? (2013)
Journal Article
Williams, P., Wray, J., Farrall, H., & Aspland, J. (2014). Fit for purpose: traditional assessment is failing undergraduates with learning difficulties. Might eAssessment help?. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18(6), (614-625). doi:10.1080/13603116.2013.802029. ISSN 1360-3116

Recent years have seen unprecedented growth in the size, diversity and academic orientation of undergraduate student populations. There is evidence that the use of innovative pedagogies using information and communications technology has the potentia... Read More

Assessment Futures: 21st Century methods for 21st Century needs (2013)
Presentation / Conference
Williams, P. (2013, January). Assessment Futures: 21st Century methods for 21st Century needs. Paper presented at London International Conference on Education, London

Developments in globalisation and new technologies are making significant impacts in higher education. Universities in a global market are increasingly concerned to reorient their degree programmes to meet the vocational needs of the Knowledge Econom... Read More

Assessing context-based learning: Not only rigorous but also relevant (2008)
Journal Article
Williams, P. (2008). Assessing context-based learning: Not only rigorous but also relevant. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 33(4), (395-408). doi:10.1080/02602930701562890. ISSN 0260-2938

Economic factors are driving significant change in higher education. There is increasing responsiveness to market demand for vocational courses and a growing appreciation of the importance of procedural (tacit) knowledge to service the needs of the K... Read More

Leading schools in the digital age: A clash of cultures (2008)
Journal Article
Williams, P. (2008). Leading schools in the digital age: A clash of cultures. School Leadership and Management, 28(3), (213-228). doi:10.1080/13632430802145779. ISSN 1363-2434

A cultural gap is widening in English secondary schools: between a twentieth-century ethos of institutional provision and the twenty-first century expectations and digital lifestyles of school students. Perhaps disaffected by traditional teaching met... Read More

Lessons from the future: ICT scenarios and the education of teachers (2005)
Journal Article
Williams, P. (2005). Lessons from the future: ICT scenarios and the education of teachers. Journal of education for teaching : JET, 31(4), (319-339). doi:10.1080/02607470500280209. ISSN 0260-7476

This paper reviews significant events of the last 25 years in schools and teacher education in England and looks ahead to the next 25 years. Various scenarios for the future are examined and the potential is considered for new forms of teachers' init... Read More