Why Feedback from Assessment?
Feedback from Assessment was an area for development in nine reviews in Scotland during the last review cycle. The things the review teams thought could be better were:
- timeliness of feedback
- helping students to use feedback to understand grades
- consistency of feedback across different subject areas
- the quality of feedback.
We consulted with Scottish HEIs and students’ associations to see where they thought we should focus our work on feedback. As a result, we will work to try to improve students’ experiences of feedback from assessment. This will include work
in the following areas:
- Feedback from assessment: what do students think?
We wanted to look at what students think about the feedback they receive to find out what’s helpful and what isn’t. We have to work with a wide range of students
at all stages of study in a variety of institution types. We have also looked at what the evidence might be telling us (for example evidence from the student-led teaching awards and student surveys such as the National Student Survey). We
hope that what we find will feed into policy and practice.
- Following up on Feedback: where are we now?
In 2014-15 we ran a Focus On: Assessment and Feedback project. We want to look at how the sector has progressed since then. Most of all, we will look at institution-wide approaches to improving feedback from assessment. Explore how developments in technology can help to support staff to provide
Feedback from Assessment Web Week
At the end of June 2018 we ran four webinars on topics identified as areas of interest by delegates at the sharing practice event. The webinars were recorded, and are included in a YouTube playlist.
- Striking the right note with audio feedback
- What are student perceptions of good feedback from assessment?
- Practical and peer-assessment video evidence with equine, arboriculture and vet nursing students
- “Do You Even Twitch?” Exploring applications of video feedback in higher education.
@QAAScotland hosted a Twitterchat using the hashtag #unifeedbackready. You can view the conversation in our Twitter moment.
Feedback from Assessment films
- Sector progress and the future for feedback
How far has feedback come in the last 5 years and what still needs to change? What are the big things affecting the sector now? What progress have we made? Staff and students give
- What do staff and students say about feedback?
What do students think works and what do staff think and is there a difference? What makes feedback useful for students and motivates them to use it? What responsibilities do
staff and students have in making feedback work? Staff and students give their views.
- Using technology for assessment feedback
How can we use technology effectively to improve feedback? What works? Staff and students give their views.
Project – What can we learn from Teaching Awards?
Our project looking at what University and Student Association teaching awards tells us about what students’ value in feedback is almost complete. Fourteen universities and students’ associations have contributed so far, and the final report
will be available in July 2018.