What is Focus On?
Each year, we choose a topic for the Focus On project based on findings from Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR). We invite all Scottish higher education institutions and students’ associations to tell us how we can best support them on the topic. This guarantees what we do will be useful and relevant.
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 worked on how to improve students’ experiences of feedback from assessment. This included work in the following areas:
- Feedback from assessment: what do students think?
What do students think about the feedback they receive? What’s helpful and what isn’t? How can we support students to engage with feedback? We worked with a wide range of students at all stages of study in a variety of institution types. We also looked at what the evidence might be telling us (for example evidence from student-led teaching awards and student surveys).
- Following up on Feedback: where are we now?
In 2014-15, we ran a Focus On: Assessment and Feedback project. We looked at how the sector has progressed since then with institution-wide approaches to improving feedback from assessment. We also explored how developments in technology can help to support staff to provide effective feedback.
What does student-led teaching award nomination data tell us about student perceptions of good feedback?
We conducted a project looking at nomination data from University and Student Association teaching awards, to explore what students value about the feedback they receive from assessment. The analysis identified three key themes that were critical to students’ experiences of feedback, and a series of areas for discussion aimed at prompting reflection and development around these themes.
Feedback from Assessment films
We produced three films exploring the following topics:
- Sector progress and the future for feedback
- What do staff and students say about feedback?
- How can we use technology effectively to improve feedback? What works? Staff and students give their views.
Our leaflet provides further information about the films including details of the contributors.
Web Week: Webinars and Twitterchat
We ran four webinars on topics identified as areas of interest by delegates at the sharing practice event. Recordings of the webinars are available to watch on a YouTube playlist. We hosted a Twitterchat using the hashtag #unifeedbackready. You can view the conversation in our Twitter moment.
Sharing practice event
Held in March, 100 staff and students from 15 institutions, as well as colleagues from the school sector, shared their practice on, ‘What's worked and what hasn't? (2013-2017). Materials from this event can be found below.
- Focus On: Feedback from Assessment (PPTX, 8.72MB)
- What has TESTA ever done for us? (PPTX, 1.43MB)
- Implementation of the UHI assessment, feedback and feedforward policy (PPTX, 2.10MB)
- Using rubrics in Turnitin (PPTX, 6.31MB)
- Audio-visual feedback: Staff student satisfaction and student attainment (PPTX, 1.36MB)
- Harnessing institutional NSS and course level data (PPTX, 0.67MB)
- Has HE got all the answers? (PPTX, 19.73MB)
- How to spot, love and use feedback (PPTX, 0.24MB)
- Express yourself: Striking the right note with audio feedback (PPTX, 0.17MB)
Want to know more?
We include information on assessment and feedback in Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) reports. If you would like further information or would like to be added to the Focus On mailing list, please email QAA Scotland.