A2 Performing Arts Unit 4Student Feedback and Evaluation 2011-12
Why was the evaluation carried out• At the end of every unit students have to evaluate their own progress and development, in the hope of improving next time.• As teaching staff we believe in the continued development of standards of teaching and learning and the in the value of student voice as part of the process.• A2 students responded to a number of given statements which they reacted to, physically positioning themselves along an ‘opinion line’ as to whether the agreed or not with the statement.
1. Given that we started before the Summer break, Ifeel have been given enough time in which to complete the unit (11 weeks contact time, 6 weeks non contact time) Agree Disagree Not sure
2. It was beneficial for me to see the folders of former students before we started the unit Chart Title Disagree Not sure Agree
3. It was beneficial to see the folders of work during the writing up process. Response Disagree Not Sure Agree
4. I feel more aware of my own skills andpotential through completing this unit of work Response Agree Disagree Not sure
5. Knowing what I know now, I would have done more work over the summer Response Not Sure Agree
6. Completing the unit has been overall a positive experience for my career prospects Response Agree Not Sure Disagree
7. I have enjoyed the unit overall Response Agree Not sure Disagree
8. The talk from Lianne Bruce (Director and Production Manager) was informative and useful Response Disagree Agree
9. The talk from Dave McKenna (ArtisticDirector/Choreographer) was informative and useful Response Disagree Agree
10. The talk from Nick Walker(Writer/Director/Actor)was informative and useful Present at Agree, 6 class, 6 Not Disagree, 0 Sure, 0
11. I found the amount of work daunting Response Agree
12. There were enough opportunities for me to gethelp from the teaching staff in completing the unit Response Agree Disagree Not Sure
13. Completing the unit has helped me to focus on and develop my career plans Response Disagree Not sure Agree
Your comments and ideas (and our responses)• Lessons on specific areas of the portfolio, such as – Unions; Casting Agencies; Cvs, prospectuses; how to write a covering letter• By getting in professionals to talk to you, this was the opportunity for you to find out information about all of these kinds of issues, backed up by your own research. We take on board comments about getting professionals in earlier in the unit.• Making you more aware of publications and websites to use in your research• We have considered this, but the unit is largely based on your individual ability to go and find out for yourselves what there is out there – harder working students tend to make the effort!• Staff not to cover the same material• Yes we appreciate this may have been an issue and will ensure the scheme of work is better next time. Obviously certain areas need to be discussed again if students are unclear about them and you wouldn’t want us to ignore that.
Ways in which we can improve• Unit booklets or handouts to be created for students to refer to.• A more rigid scheme of work so the work each week is not repeated or confused.• Give you more sessions in the Study Centre.• More individual appointments for students. This was set up by Gareth, and not a single student booked an appointment!• More practical tasks to help understand the unit. Certainly we agree – we should aim to tap into different learning styles to help understanding.
Practical tasks could include• Forming a production company (or a working group) to explore tasks such as auditions, reviewing others CVs, Health and Safety issues, Touring considerations etc. (Similar to how Lianne Bruce did her activity with you)• Being directed by Simon (similar to how Laura took you for a dance audition)• General auditions (rather than for a specific play)• Visiting a theatre for a backstage tour• Role play and Hot seating in job roles• Members of the group conducting warm ups, vocal and physical exercises etc.
Things you said you could improve on yourselves as students• Start the research earlier• Use the time given to you over the summer to collate evidence• Set your selves specific deadlines in which to complete the different sections of the unit