Roberta Perli

Roberta PerliSenior Digital Education Developer 

My background is in foreign language teaching and bilingual translation. Before joining the Digital Education team I was a language coordinator at the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol Language Centre and have taught on a range of undergraduate and Life Long Learning language units for over fifteen years. During my teaching career I have taken part in a number of educational projects which, from various perspectives, study the use of technology to enhance language teaching and complement the traditional ‘face- to- face’ mode. I have also studied and developed the use of online learning environments, online tutorials, and related in-class technology and e-Assessment.   

I was appointed to the role of  e-Assessment Support Officer in 2006 to provide advice on the pedagogical benefit of e-assessment and support the introduction of Questionmark Perception, a dedicated online assessment system, as well as develop procedural and pedagogical guidelines, namely 'e-Assessment lifecycle' and 'writing effective assessment questions for online delivery; principles and guidelines, for the implementation of small and large scale online formative, summative assessment and online exams. 

Since the team restructure in 2016 I have been part of the Digital Education Development team in DEO as a Senior Digital Education Developer. I am involved in supporting the Electronic Management of Assessment project, a three-year project that aims to move Schols to online submission, marking and feedback, where possible, by 2020. 

I run individual and group consultation on assessment practice, training for supported technologies and a range of staff development workshops as part of the University Staff Development offer. I also offer dedicated sessions such as drop ins for staff both in a face to face mode or online. 

I was born in the Italian city of Rimini, a province of the Emilia-Romagna region. I studied modern foreign languages at the 'Università di Urbino' where I was awarded the degree of Bachelors of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages. Subsequently, I did further specialized study in translation at the University of Westminster and received the degree of Master of Arts in Bilingual Translations. I was awarded a QTS certificate (Qualified Teacher Status) by the National College for Teaching and Leadership in 1996.

I have moved to a job share role in 2017 and outside my University work I the vice-president of AIFIO (Associazione Italiana per la Formazione e l'Istruzione Online) and NGO recently set up to support online teaching. My work for the association involves developing content to support teachers, parents and students interested in online learning and promote the activities of the association through a variety of channels. 

Some of the projects I have been involved in:

  • Communitec project. Language Centre, London School of Economics, 2003 Computer Assisted Language Learning for teachers
  • Introducing online assessment for Level 2 Italian Continuous Assessment, Bristol 2005. A one year pilot to investigate the potential of the University’s VLE to run online assessment for grammar and listening assessments and evaluate the effectiveness of instant feedback.
  • Self Access Material (SAM), Language Centre, Bristol 2005 Online tutorials for level 2 students preparing for their year abroad.
  • Electronically mediated peer-assessment, a case study (Presented at the e-learning symposium of the LLAS subject centre, 2011)
  • Large scale implementation of online assessment including exams 
  • large scale implemntation of electronic submission, marking and feedback as part of the University strategy for enhancing assessment. 

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