Feedback in a Digital Age

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We are very pleased to announce the full line-up for our Pre-conference Event (PCE) in Liverpool 

Angi Malderez will be opening our PCE with a presentation entitled On Feedback (and ‘feedback’).  Joining her at our PCE on ‘Feedback in a Digital Age’, on 1 April 2019, at IATEFL 2019, are Russell Stannard, Helen Allen and Josh Underwood. Full details of all the sessions can be found below:

Angi Malderez, PhD

In her talk, Angi will explore the expansion in meaning and use of the term feedback and the possible impacts this may have had on our efforts to support others’ learning. Angi will suggest who can and does (and who cannot and does not) provide feedback and what it is that others do and could do. She will propose other frameworks, ideas, terms, that may be more pedagogically helpful to those who are not in a position to provide feedback (in its original sense).  

Angi is an Honorary Senior Fellow of The University of Leeds, UK, and an independent education consultant. After a long period as an EFL teacher and materials writer, she now works principally in the areas of supporting teacher learning and mentoring. She has worked in initial preparation and in-service teacher support programmes for more than three decades in many parts of the world. Her main research interests currently relate to the development of contextually appropriate practices and processes for supporting teacher learning, through a more informed understanding of what it is teachers need to know and how they come to know it.  She was co-director (University of Leeds) of the Becoming a Teacher research project (2003-2009), and consultant on the Modes of Mentoring and Coaching (2010-12) and Mentoring and Coaching in Further Education (2013-2014) research projects.  Some of her publications include:

Hobson, A.J. & Malderez, A. (2013) Judgementoring and other threats to realizing the potential of school-based mentoring in teacher education, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 2(2), 89-108.

Wedell, M. & A. Malderez (2013) Understanding  Language Classroom Contexts: the starting point for change. London:Bloomsbury.

Hobson, A. J., Ashby, P. Malderez, A, & Tomlinson, P.D. (2009) Mentoring beginning teachers: what we know and what we don’t. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 25(1), 207-216.

Malderez, A. Mentoring.  In Richards, J. & A. Burns.  Eds. (2009) Cambridge Guide to Language Teacher Education,  NY:Cambridge University Press

Malderez, A. (2010) A case for mentoring: why (beginning )teachers and education systems need mentors. In Jean-Claude Loos et al Eds. L’accompagnement des nouveaux enseignants.  Bruxelles:EME, pages 51-62

Malderez, A. & M. Wedell  (2007) Teaching Teachers: Processes and Practices London: Continuum Press

Malderez, A. and C. Bodóczky (1999) Mentor Coursesa resource book for trainer-trainers Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Winner of the Ben Warren Prize 1999)


Russell Stannard

Russell Stannard‘s session will be entitled, ‘What can technology do for assessment and feedback?’ In this talk, Russell will highlight some of the key ways that technology can be used to facilitate assessment and feedback. Based on practical examples from teachers around the world, current research and his own ‘Assessment and Evaluation’ course, Russell will focus on what is realistic and feasible within most teaching contexts. It will include the use of E Portfolios, peer evaluation, reflection and using screen capture to provide feedback to students. This is a highly practical talk, full of real ideas and using simple, attainable technologies that are at the disposal of all teachers.  If you want to hear Russell talking about enhancing feedback with technology or get a taster for what he might talk about, take a look at this page from his website.

Russell will take you through a series of tools that can be used for assessment and feedback. Based on his own course, the afternoon will be spent building up an ePortfolio of different tools that can be used to assess and evaluate students. The focus will be on simple tools that are available to all teachers, and can provide the flexibility and ease of use that teachers need. Emphasis will be put on group-based, task-based type assessment activities that we can used in a flipped learning/blended learning environment. Russell will also take you through practical tips and tools that can be used to provide feedback on assessments, drawing on his many years of using ePorfolios and other digital assessments.

Russell is the founder of TeacherTrainingVideos.Com. Previously a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Westminster and the University of Warwick, he is now a NILE associate trainer where he runs short courses on the flipped classroom as well as teaching on the master’s programme. Russell was awarded the 2010 British Council ELTons Innovation award (the photo above shows him at the ELTons event in 2017) and the Times Higher ‘Outstanding Technology Initiative’ award. He is particularly known for his work and research into using technology to provide feedback to students. Russell writes a regular columns in the English Teaching Professional, the Express Publishing Teacher’s Corner and for the Move Languages Ahead blog. He has published widely on the topic of feedback and assessment.

Helen Allen

Helen Allen‘s session,Making sense of digital feedback’will look at kinds of data and frames of reference that teachers draw on when providing feedback for learners, and how this compares with feedback in real-world interactions. With this in mind, we will explore the relationship between teachers and technology in providing, supporting and improving feedback for learners.

Helen is Digital Pedagogy Lead in the Digital & New Product Development team at Cambridge Assessment English. The D&NPD team iterates and explores digital solutions to solve real customer problems, partnering with developers to blend exciting, emerging technologies with expertise in assessment and training. Helen works alongside UX and product teams to guide both product development and investigation into language learning with new technologies. She works to create meaningful engagement in language learning and shapes digital products to fit the needs of language learners and their teachers. Helen has worked in ELT, with children and young adults in UK mainstream education and with children and teachers in bilingual education, in training and materials development for 20 years.

Josh Underwood

Josh Underwood’s talk is entitled Speaking with AIs, feedback, and being human.’  In this talk, Josh will highlight some ways we can use Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to motivate speaking. He will look specifically at the role of feedback, the kinds of feedback AI and human teachers can provide, and the different values of these kinds of feedback. The talk will draw on Josh’s own teaching and demonstrate practical examples of using voice interaction with various forms of AI in classroom settings. The talk will also include examples of activities we can use with students that draw on their experiences with these technologies, to help develop digital literacy and more ‘critical’ engagement with the new AI technologies many of our students will grow up with. We will finish by looking at how engaging with AI can help us think more carefully about the value of human teachers and particularly the kinds of feedback we give to students.

In the afternoon, Joshua Underwood, will lead a separate ‘demo’ session where participants will be able to work with Josh to try out and develop classroom speaking activities using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Joshua Underwood is a teacher and teacher trainer at British Council, Bilbao and invited lecturer in educator digital competences at Universidad de Deusto. Josh has been involved in ELT for more than 25 years. He also worked for more than 10 years as a researcher at the University of Sussex and the IOE, London. His research in educational technology ranges from helping radiologists make use of automated brain tumor analysis through design of systems to help connect home and school numeracy using some of the first tablets. Josh’s 2011 review of AI in education is acknowledged as the inspiration for Pearson’s report: Intelligence Unleashed – An argument for AI in Education and critiqued as an example of a “technocratic” efficiency oriented perspective in Sian Bayne’s influential Teacherbot: interventions in automated teaching. Josh would prefer to think of himself as “exploring how as teachers we might enact new, resistant ways of playing at the boundaries of the human and machine” (Bayne, 2015:1)


Please note that the event is offsite at The Racquet Club Hotel, 5 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG.  This is a change from the original venue: Avenue HQ and an email was sent out on 19 November to all those had already registered. The day will run from 10.00am – 5pm. Badges must be collected from the ACC before you join us for the PCE.

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For any further questions, please contact [email protected]

Update (1 December): We offered a CPD travel grant for this event, but applications have now closed. This post has been updated to include information about all the sessions and was previously used to promote Russell’s and then Angi’s sessions.

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