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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. https://doi.org/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

Our digital children (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Williams, P. (2014, November). Our digital children. Presented at Scarborough Education Forum

The power relationship between adults and children in the West is shifting. Factors of age and life experience are becoming counterbalanced by children’s affinity for burgeoning developments in digital technology, where skills developed in onli... Read More

Rethinking university assessment (2014)
Journal Article
Williams, P. (in press). Rethinking university assessment. International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education, 3(1), 257-264. https://doi.org/10.20533/ijtie.2047.0533.2014.0033

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

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2014.882894

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

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

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2013.802029

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

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13632430802145779

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

Valid knowledge: The economy and the academy (2007)
Journal Article
Williams, P. J. (2007). Valid knowledge: The economy and the academy. Higher Education, 54(4), 511-523. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-007-9051-y

The future of Western universities as public institutions is the subject of extensive continuing debate, underpinned by the issue of what constitutes valid knowledge. Where in the past only prepositional knowledge codified by academics was considered... 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02607470500280209

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

Beyond control : will blended learning subvert national curricula?
Book Chapter
Williams, P. Beyond control : will blended learning subvert national curricula?. The University of Hull

Blended Learning seems to entail a relatively innocuous set of techniques, but closer examination reveals some of these carry implicit assumptions – of constructivist philosophy, peer collaboration and situative learning – which may make their export... Read More

Plotting virtuality : dimensions of eLearning space
Book Chapter
Williams, P. Plotting virtuality : dimensions of eLearning space

The term eLearning enjoys wide currency, but is loosely employed. A lack of clarity as to its nature accompanies a lack of understanding as to its applications and appropriate use. These are important issues, as political, educational and commercial... Read More