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.

The project


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.

Activities


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.


Resources


What does Student-Led Teaching Award nomination data tell us about student perceptions of good feedback?

Publication Date: 07 Sep 2018

This document reports on the findings of the QAA Scotland project looking at Student-Led Teaching Award nomination data. This work was complete as part of the Focus On: Feedback from Assessment project.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 4004 KB

Full research report - Student-led Teaching Awards

Publication Date: 20 Sep 2018

This document reports on the full research findings of the QAA Scotland project looking at Student-Led Teaching Award nomination data. This work was complete as part of the Focus On: Feedback from Assessment project.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1374 KB

Summary - What does Student-Led Teaching Award nomination data tell us about student perceptions of good feedback?

Publication Date: 07 Sep 2018

This document contains the project summary from the exploration of Student-led teaching award data from Scottish Students' Associations. This work was complete as part of the Focus On: Feedback from Assessment project (2017-2018).

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 86 KB

Feedback from Assessment films


We produced three films exploring the following topics: 

  1. Sector progress and the future for feedback
  2. What do staff and students say about feedback?
  3. 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.

Leaflet


Focus On: Feedback from Assessment films Leaflet

Publication Date: 08 Aug 2018

This leaflet promotes the three films produced as part of the Focus On project, Feedback from Assessment during 2017-2018.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 607 KB

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.

Further information

 

Focus On: Feedback from Assessment Leaflet

Publication Date: 08 Aug 2018

This leaflet contains a summary of the different activities that were complete as part of the Focus On: Feedback from Assessment projects. The topics selected for the Focus On project based on findings from Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR).

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1614 KB
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.

 

Related resource


Assessment and Feedback: Thematic Report on ELIR Reports 2013-16

Publication Date: 11 Jul 2017

This report identifies material relating to assessment and feedback within all 18 reports published in the ELIR 3 cycle. ​The institutions included are: the University of Aberdeen; Abertay University; the University of Dundee; the University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh Napier University; Glasgow School of Art; Glasgow Caledonian University; the University of Glasgow; Heriot-Watt University; the University of the Highlands and Islands; Queen Margaret University; Robert Gordon University; the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Scotland's Rural College (SRUC); the University of St Andrews; the University of Stirling; the University of Strathclyde; and the University of the West of Scotland.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 192 KB