Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Professor Richard J. Reece, from the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom, shares his institution’s success with digital exams, which offer students real-world experience and allows faculty the time to provide well-thought-out feedback, among other advantages.
With over 40,000 students and established as a global top 50 institution, the University of Manchester stands as England’s first civic university. In its current form, the institution is the result of a 2004 fusion between the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
Constantly looking ahead, the university developed its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and started offering students digital exams over a decade ago. Since then, it has proven to be the right choice, as taking exams digitally offers students a better skill-testing experience and also makes it easier for professors to grade them in a timely manner.
Professor Richard J. Reece, associate vice-president for Teaching, Learning and Students at the University of Manchester, talked with E-Learn to share his thoughts on digital exams and to discuss broader themes such as student accessibility.
Digital exams provide benefits to all those involved: faculty can grade exams efficiently and students benefit from improved feedback and can have a more realistic workplace experience. Click to learn more.
|Professor Reece is involved in teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate level, through lecture series, tutorials and direct student supervision. Within the Bachelor of Sciences programmes, he is the module coordinator for the BIOL21152 ‘Omic Technologies and Resources course. This module draws on many of the fundamental technologies that underpin the work in his laboratory and explains how these can be applied in a variety of experimental systems. He is also currently a final year genetics and biotechnology tutor and is also deeply committed to enhancing the public understanding of science. He regularly gives talks, in the United Kingdom and across the world, to school-aged science students, and also participates in numerous Café Scientifique-type public science events.|
Richard J. Reece, Professor Associate Vice-president for Teaching, Learning and Students at The University of Manchester
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