eReflect - Making Assessment Count
The School of Biosciences is in the process of implementing a new assessment feedback system as part of a JISC funded project. This will be piloted in semester 2 of the current academic year and will use existing e-based technologies (currently available through the institutional VLE) in an innovative way to collate feedback, guide student reflections and facilitate the student use of feedback to improve performance and inform their ensuing aspirations. The process will also provide a centralised transparent system for staff to share feedback in order to provide better overall guidance to students.
The School comprises of 50 academic staff, 900 undergraduates across 12 courses. Following a review of our assessment and feedback processes, it was recognised that students compartmentalise the feedback they receive and do not draw comparisons from across the range of modules they study. Furthermore, their progress through their course is difficult to follow as personal tutors, module teams, course teams, all hold performance data but the flow of information between these stakeholders is not always efficient. By developing an online process whereby for each coursework students reflect on their feedback, complete a short reflective questionnaire and subsequently share these with their tutor, we hope to break these boundaries. By linking this with the School tutoring scheme, personal tutors will have access to a wealth of student-created information that can be used to support their tutees and guide them to reach their full potential. Furthermore, by linking reflection to feedback and subsequently performance, it is hoped we can and enhance the overall student experience and produce students that are better life-long learners.
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