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6.5 No person is an island: a staff-student collaborative research project on group assessment as a mode of assessment

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CAN 2018 presentation by Bramley, Harrison, Ozinga, Alhamad and Pinfold

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6.5 No person is an island: a staff-student collaborative research project on group assessment as a mode of assessment

  1. 1. ‘No person is an island’: a staff-student collaborative research project on group assessment as a mode of assessment Gareth Bramley, Joseph Harrison, Katrina Pinfold, Luutsche Ozinga, Madawi Alahmad
  2. 2. What are SALTs? • Student Associate in Learning and Teaching • Student staff collaboration • Project brief • Lead SALT • Academic lead • 2-3 hours weekly • Student led 11/04/2018 © The University of Sheffield
  3. 3. Group Composition • Social Science • Different degree programmes • Law, Journalism, Methods, Education, Sociology • Commitment 11/04/2018 © The University of Sheffield
  4. 4. Our Assignment Brief • “Conduct an investigation into the understanding and improving of group assessment practices” • Driving real change 11/04/2018 © The University of Sheffield
  5. 5. Project Overview • Freedom • Academic project • Literature review • Obtaining primary data (innovative methods) • Analysis • Dissemination of findings 11/04/2018 © The University of Sheffield
  6. 6. Reflections (Project Findings) • Students tend to understand the importance of group assessment as part the wider context • But dislike it! • Grades vary widely within group assessment and are often significantly different to grades for other forms of assessment • Wary of group composition, self selection into sample, agenda? 11/04/2018 © The University of Sheffield
  7. 7. Reflections (Working as a SALT) • Extremely enjoyable • Worthwhile project • Like minded people • Staff who care • Excellent form of employment for students • Cost effective for university • Improves staff student dialogue 11/04/2018 © The University of Sheffield
  8. 8. Reflections (From an Academic) • Students as genuine partners - a group of very committed and lovely students! • Interdisciplinary approach adds richness, innovation and passion to project • Student research - no ‘halo’ effect, innovative ways of looking at brief (the brief chosen was crucial to this) Main challenge: how do we ensure effective impact and sustained development? 11/04/2018 © The University of Sheffield
  9. 9. Next steps on from SALT - Pepper?!
  10. 10. Next Steps / Challenges • One year role • Ambitious topic • Effective system for change • Crossroads, where next? 11/04/2018 © The University of Sheffield
  11. 11. Questions.

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