higher education

Finding a home within MOGII groups

My feeder alerted me to an article from Inside Higher Ed about student groups that are embracing the inclusion of the asexual spectrum within their MOGII groups, often called LGBT groups or some derivative of that acronym.

While the article itself is a positive piece about including Ace people in such groups, the comments beneath the article display a common problem that asexuals face. There are some that are already within these groups (and outside) that resent the acknowledgement of additional sexual identities within the MOGII umbrella. The sentiment is one of dilution and diversion: that adding more letters (and thus more people) to the LGBT group (presumably) makes the group less of a minority.

Sadly, this sentiment permeates elsewhere, with the idea that acknowledging asexuality would open the floodgates. Unfortunately, it would appear that the politicians are equally hostile to the idea of acknowledging asexuality, lest they are approached by countless other MOGII groups. The status quo of ignorance and ambivalence would appear to be far more preferable.

BERA event, Institute of Education, London

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Effective assessment in higher education: a cultural-historical activity theoretical perspective


HE and CHAT BERA SiG Event
10 May 2013
Institute of Education, University of London, London


The project, overall, is an evaluation of a computer-aided assessment (CAA) system for mathematics and engineering undergraduates.

In order to perform such an evaluation, there requires a set of standards or criteria against which the assessment can be compared. For this project, we have developed a “definition for effective assessment” that considers aspects of the assessment literature and cultural historical activity theory. The evaluation will be performed against this definition. This presentation examines

  • why creating such a definition was necessary;
  • how cultural historical activity theory and assessment literature has informed the nature of the definition; and
  • how the definition has been used to evaluate the CAA system for two cases.