Dr Alison Hill

Fellow SFHEA

First class education and technology

Name Dr Alison Hill


Position Senior Lecturer in Biosciences
College College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Modules BIO2090

Using technology to adapt assessment

Alison, a Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, has been teaching at Exeter for over 10 years. During that time, she has seen several changes which have required her to adapt her approach to teaching and assessment.

One example of this has been the growth in student numbers alongside the introduction of 9k tuition fees. As a result, Alison transformed one of her modules to include a greater focus on formative assessment, alongside summative assessment, increasing engagement between students and staff, and enhancing the learning experience despite greater pressures on lab resources.

Additionally, Alison has been using technology to provide her students with further support, despite the impact that the increase in student numbers has had on the University's student-staff ratio. As Alison explains, "The online classroom is a brilliant resource that we have... [and] is used for lecture notes, reading materials and for formative exercises." By making these tools readily available online, students are able to take greater control over their own learning, making a higher quality of education more accessible.

Aim 5: First class education and technology

To equip students with the ability to use technologies effectively for learning and student success

What students say:

  • “Very supportive and fun in lectures.”
  • “Went through my translation one-on-one, very informative and is always approachable.”

Formative assessment

"It's important for [students] to be tested... and [to] incentivise them to take part... so we have been using formative assessment".

Online classroom

"We are able to put up exercises and examples... that... [students] can go through in their own time".

ELE page for BIO2090

A series of course materials for the Analytical Techniques in Biochemistry module

Extensive explanations for different assessment criteria