Engaging students with assessment and feedback: improving assessment for learning with students as partners

Andrews, Martin, Brown, Rachael and Mesher, Lynne (2018) Engaging students with assessment and feedback: improving assessment for learning with students as partners. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 11 (1). pp. 32-46.

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Abstract

Within the Higher Education sector in the UK, it is acknowledged that the area of ‘Assessment and Feedback’ receives consistently poor levels of satisfaction from students when they complete module level feedback, course level feedback and the National Student Survey (NSS). There is evidence to suggest that this problem is pronounced within Schools of Architecture, particularly with the assessment and feedback of design work. This case study describes reflective practice at Portsmouth School of Architecture, UK, where academics worked in consultation with students to identify the issues. The aim of the project was to evaluate assessment and feedback strategies from across the School resulting in the creation of a new and innovative set of ‘Assessment for Learning’ tools produced with students as partners. These tools include: a refined marking matrix, an improved ‘design review’ and a ‘lexicon’ for marking design projects to enhance understanding and autonomy. This case study also explores how alignment and enhancement of learning through assessment and feedback and the quality of assessment tools has the ability to increase students’ confidence and assessment literacy, their overall satisfaction and levels of autonomy.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Practitioner Research in Higher Education
Publisher: University of Cumbria
ISSN: 1755-1382
Departments: Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
Additional Information: Martin Andrews, Rachael Brown and Lynne Mesher, University of Portsmouth, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 11:16
Last Modified: 26 May 2018 18:04
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3840

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