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Developing student use of feedback on their marked TMAs

Project leader(s): 
Carol Calvert, Clare Morris, Colette Christensen and Pat Ryser-Welch

This project builds on and develops recent work investigating students’ non-collection of marked TMA scripts (Intranet only).

The previous work was undertaken by an AL and a staff tutor in their own time and has yielded potentially useful results; we now wish to design/test/build and evaluate an advice source for students and tutors. The goal being to improve student confidence, achievement and ultimately retention and progression.

A key element of this project would be to use the information we have acquired, particularly from the level 3 students, to help more students move more rapidly and effectively to actually using the feedback that they receive. This strand will involve development work potentially by both ALs and students. Materials developed will be evaluated using mechanisms appropriate for the materials and the implementation method. They are likely to mirror those in the document on the above scholarship exchange site.

There is also a need for a broad dissemination strand  to ALs using scheduled development sessions, the more informal PALS sessions and via proactively posting on tutor forums etc. This awareness raising will be assessed in terms of any hard evidence of non-collection being reduced. 

Outcomes would be - 

  • a series of presentations and discussions with ALs;
  • a recommendation to module teams  about what and where to post on module websites to encourage and monitor student take-up of marked TMAs;
  • development of materials to encourage both ALs and students to view the tutor primarily as a support to learning rather than as an “assessor”. 
  • Contributions to conferences and journal paper(s) – for example in Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education or MSOR Connections

Carol Calvert and Clare Morris poster (PPT)