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Dr Christopher Wiley is guest speaker in inaugural cross-institutional University debate

Dr Christopher Wiley (Centre for Music Studies) was chosen as one of two guest speakers to participate in the first in a series of cross-institutional debates at City University London on key issues in teaching and learning.
by charlotte Hosted by the University's Learning Development Centre and attended by a select audience of some 50 staff and students from the University, the inaugural debate on 1 February 2012 considered the provocative motion 'Assessment Practice in Higher Education relies largely on a limited range of methods that are not always fit for purpose'.

Supporting the motion was Professor Nigel Duncan (City Law School), the University's academic lead for assessment and a distinguished law lecturer. Co-chairing the event were Patrick Baughan and Neal Sumner, both Senior Lecturers in the Learning Development Centre.

Professor Duncan and Dr Wiley were given an initial 10 minutes to address the audience followed by brief opportunity for rebuttal of one another's arguments, before discussion was opened up to the floor.

Running commentary on Professor Duncan and Dr Wiley's talks was provided by several audience members who tweeted throughout the debate using the hashtag #LDCShowcase.

In the final vote, the debate motion was supported by 70%-30%. Nonetheless, Dr Wiley was congratulated not only for having admirably risen to the challenging task of opposing such a motion but for having evidently swayed a significant minority with the persuasiveness of his arguments.

The debate opened the annual Learning Development Centre Showcase event, which this year was on the subject of 'Student Engagement'.


Dr Wiley is Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the BMus course at City University London, with a secondary institutional role in the area of assessment and feedback. In addition to his internationally-recognised research in musicology, as an educator he has undertaken research on electronic voting systems, the use of social media, and handbooks for postgraduate research degrees.

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