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This project will enhance curriculum delivery through the development of an innovative assessment feedback process. Simple e-based technologies (specifically blogs and online questionnaires) will be used to develop an integrated process which will collate feedback, guide student reflections and facilitate their use of feedback to improve performance and inform their ensuing aspirations. The emphasis on reflection will enhance the student learning process. The process will also provide a centralised transparent system for staff to share feedback in order to provide better overall guidance to students. Our vision for 2010 is of students who are reflective lifelong learners, ready for the challenges of employment.

Making assessment count

The project has now completed. The final report is available from the bottom of the page.

This project further embedded the MAC project in other institutional contexts. See the final report of this work (MACC final report) at the bottom of the page.

Key Project Outputs

Systems/software

  • Functioning and scalable Making Assessment Count process linked to student records
  • Service Usage Model for Making Assessment Count (e-Reflect 2.0)
  • Open source, self-authoring version of the e-Reflect questionnaire with integrated learning journal (e-Reflect 3.0) – note to be made available via the project website from 1st December 2010

Guides/handbooks

  • Student Guide and support videos to using the Making Assessment Count process
  • Making Assessment Count Handbook for Staff
  • Guide to reflection for students
  • Dissemination tools for staff (inc: PowerPoint slides, Posters & Flyers for e-Reflect 2.0 )

Dissemination

Background information/evaluation

Conference papers and presentations

  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Nedelcheva Y and Saunders G.E-Reflect, a system for making assessment count through reflection. University of Ulster’s elearning conference 2010.
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M and Saunders G. Supporting face-to-face tutoring and enhancing the student experience of assessment & feedback - A JISC funded project (e-Reflect).WEx Symposium 2010.
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Nedelcheva Y and Saunders G.E-Reflect, a system for making assessment count through reflection. ePortfolio 4YF Conference September 2009, Organised by the ECs Leonardo da Vinci Programme.
  • Kerrigan, MJP., Oradini, F & Saunders, G. The use of RSS feeds in Blackboard to support student learning and academic interactions. BBWorld 09, 2009.
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Bond A, Oradini F and Saunders G. eReflect - enhancing student support though a reflective online process. BBWorld 09, 2009.
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Bond A Nedelcheva Y and Saunders G. University of Westminster, Making Assessment Count - A JISC funded project. Association for Learning Technology. 2009.
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Bond A & Saunders G. eReflect - Making Assessment Count. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Blended Learning Conference. 2009. ISBN: 978-1-905313-66-2 pp.219-232
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Bond A, Oradini F and Saunders G. The use of Web 2.0 technologies to support student feedback and reflection. E-learning 2.0.  2009
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Bond A Nedelcheva Y & Saunders G. University of Westminster, Making Assessment Count - A JISC funded project. University of Westminster Teaching & Learning Symposium. 2009.
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Bond A Nedelcheva Y & Saunders G. University of Westminster, Making Assessment Count - A JISC funded project. SSHL – Teaching & Learning day. 2009.
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Bond A Nedelcheva Y & Saunders G. Making Assessment Count through e-Reflection. JIF2010
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Bond A Nedelcheva Y & Saunders G. The use of a Web 2.0 tripartite model of assessment feedback to support face-to-face tutoring. Association for Learning Technology 2010.
  • Kerrigan MJP, Clements M, Nedelcheva Y and Saunders G.E-Reflect, a system for making assessment count through reflection.

 Overview

This project will enhance curriculum delivery through the development of an innovative assessment feedback process. Simple e-based technologies (specifically blogs and online questionnaires) will be used to develop an integrated process which will collate feedback, guide student reflections and facilitate their use of feedback to improve performance and inform their ensuing aspirations. The emphasis on reflection will enhance the student learning process. The process will also provide a centralised transparent system for staff to share feedback in order to provide better overall guidance to students. Our vision for 2010 is of students who are reflective lifelong learners, ready for the challenges of employment.

Aims and Objectives

Our main aim is to transform the student experience of assessment by engaging them, together with staff, in a process of reflection on feedback for learning. Specific objectives include:

  • The development of a student centred process for reflection on feedback 
  • The effective use of online technologies to facilitate a process that is ordered, manageable, efficient and effective
  • Dissemination and transfer of the model for reflection and action on feedback to other subject areas

Achieving the aim and objectives will enable students to act on the feedback they receive hence improving their performance and achievement. In addition other stakeholders across the university will, through the dissemination activities, see how the methods for e-feedback and formative assessment can impact positively on student performance.

Project Methodology

Three staff in the School of Biosciences will lead on the development of the reflective process. Their main task initially will be to lead a pilot of the process in semester 2 of the 2008/9 academic year. They will also work to engage a small number of other staff in the pilot before a wider roll out across the School in academic year 2009/10. They will work very closely with the University Learning Teaching & Development Centre (ULTDC) and specifically the Director of Online Learning Development. The role of ULTDC will be to provide the technology support needed and also to ensure wider dissemination and adoption across the institution and wider HE community.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  • Students taking responsibility for their learning by reflecting and acting on their feedback to improve their performance
  • Improved student perceptions of the value of feedback
  • Enhanced staff satisfaction from seeing the hard work they put into generating constructive feedback being realised in better student performance and achievement
  • Technology used to facilitate a process that is ordered, manageable, efficient and effective
  • Stakeholders across the university will, through the dissemination activities, see how the methods for e-feedback and formative assessment can impact positively on student performance
Lead Institution

    University of Westminster

 

Project Staff

Project Manager:
  • Professor Gunter Saunders, University of Westminster, University Learning Teaching & Development Centre; 0207 911 5803 saundeg@wmin.ac.uk
Project Team:
  • Dr Andy Bond, University of Westminster, School of Biosciences, 0207 911 5000 ext: 3762, bonda1@wmin.ac.uk
  • Dr Mark Kerrigan, University of Westminster, School of Biosciences, 0207 911 5000 ext: 3786, clemenm@wmin.ac.uk
  • Dr Mark Clements, University of Westminster, School of Biosciences, 0207 911 5000 ext: 3544, kerrigm@wmin.ac.uk
  • Dr, Ann Rumpus, University of Westminster, University Learning Teaching & Development Centre; 0207 915 5441, rumpusa@wmin.ac.uk

Documents & Multimedia

Summary
Start date
1 November 2008
End date
31 October 2010
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
Strand
Transforming curriculum delivery through technology
Project website
Topic