A guide developedby students for students Stuart CannellUniversity of Ulster Students’ Union
•Students are Partners in theireducation•Understanding what needs changed inrelation to assessment & feedback•Mis-match in information
•Surveys and module feedback•Institutionally – led, with support fromSU•Lack of depth or understanding beyondraw data
• Focus groups and workshops• SU – led, with support from institution• Added depth and understanding of student voice
• Future projects in which students collaborate with staff to innovate in curriculum design and assessment & feedback• Students and staff as equals in collaborative change projects
We have been listening to staff and students, and this is what we heard:
• Funding secured from HEA by the Director of CHEP• A student project team was formed, a range of students were included: – 20 students in total – all campuses and faculties represented – sabbaticals, class reps and students
• Away Day in June last year: – Students explored the different types of assessment and feedback they had experienced – Explored other types of assessment and feedback that could be used – Other data available on student opinions also looked at
• Students researched guides from other institutions and decided on content and structure of guide• Students came up with ‘Focus on Feedback’ theme• Final leaflet produced by our SU designer – handwritten notes and doodles taken directly from away day flipcharts
Student Guide Available to download here:http://uusu.org/files/focus-on-feedback-2011.on
On students involved in its development:‘The session made me realise that we do receivefeedback from most staff (general feedback)….. but itsnot always what I feel is adequate and I struggle to learnfrom it’ Interesting to hear student experiences from a range of faculties and disciplines. Highlighted the need for a coordinated approach to create a level playing field for all students, so that they can all improve on feedback received and work to the best of their ability.I thought it was a great step-by-step guide,especially for first years who havent got muchexperience on this matter.
Questions for groups• How might you use the Student Guide to Assessment and Feedback in your practice?• How might you use this across all levels of a programme in an integrated and cohesive way?• How do you ensure that the feedback you give to students is interpreted and used to maximum effect in light of this leaflet?• What challenges are envisaged in relation to your suggestions/ideas?