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Block model testimonial with Meg McInnes

Meg McInnes

Definitely early on, I think I underestimated the time assessments would take, both the students but particularly myself with marking, uploading grades. Essay assessments and other assessments like discussions that require time to read and time to respond to students can be really, really challenging. Those I still kept though, because there's definitely a value in, I think, having things like essay assessments – students have to have to be able to write.

Communication's a big part of paramedic practice so that was a – really important things to keep in, but I had to put a lot of thought into how they would be timed, to ensure that students would be able to get feedback. Which then meant that I had to modify other assessments to ensure that the marking load fell – those assessments weren't so high, that all of my time was absorbed in marking, while students were still able to get feedback. So I had to get quite creative, I think, with the assessments, and that was that was probably the steepest learning curve I think I found, transitioning into block model.

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What do you wish you knew prior to teaching in block mode?

Meg McInnes

I think I…there's one thing that I wish I knew and that was in regards to the assessments and really thinking through planning time. So I think if I was to start it all again, when I came up with a design for a unit, it'd be at that time that I wouldn't just align the assessments with particular weeks based on learning outcomes or content, but actually map out the hours it would take me to mark a particular assessment and provide students with useful feedback. So I think that would be the one thing that I would have loved to have realised from the start, but I think a lot of it you find as you go.

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