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Rai Shacklock

Teaching Excellence Seminar:
Innovative Assessment

Rai Shacklock
Teacher Fellow, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
November 13, 2008


The purpose of this session is to generate and share ideas in relation to innovative assessment. "Assessment methods and requirements probably have a greater influence on how and what students learn than any other single factor. This influence may well be of greater importance than the impact of teaching materials" (Boud 1988). We know that students have to do assessment but imagine that you have to sell your assessment to the students, would they want to buy it? To explore this concept further we will consider the key factors for successful innovation and the associated risk while still meeting the intended learning outcomes. I would then like to offer you some of my ideas and experiences by identifying different assessment tools and techniques that you may want to consider in your own practice.

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About the Presenter

Rai Shacklock is Head of the UK Centre for Events Management, at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. The Centre has circa 800 full time students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has 27 full time academic Faculty. She is active in the development and promotion of the academic portfolio and is constantly ensuring that the assessment, learning and teaching is kept at the cutting edge of this relatively new discipline. She teaches a range of events related subjects and was one of the founders of the event management program in 1996. In September 2001, she was appointed a Teacher Fellow in the University. Rai is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a Fellow of the Institute of Learning and Teaching Academy. In November 2007 Rai was awarded the Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Rai has a Bachelor of Education degree and is a graduate from Stirling University with an MSc in Entrepreneurial Studies. Rai has actively been involved with International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE) since 1990. She was an area consultant, President and Director of Membership with EuroCHRIE. She was also appointed President of International CHRIE and was the first European to hold this position. In September 2003 Rai was awarded an Honorary Doctorate that recognised her leadership and contributions to International CHRIE and the industry at large. She received the John Wiley Innovation in Teaching Award and was the ICHRIE Recruiter of the Year in Atlanta in August 2008.

This seminar is sponsored by the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management and the Center for Teaching Excellence. For more information, please contact Rachel Barnett at 777-0097 or

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