Assessment & feedback programme
The JISC-funded Assessment and Feedback programme is focused on supporting large-scale changes in assessment and feedback practice, supported by technology, with the aim of enhancing the learning and teaching process and delivering efficiencies and quality improvements.
Access project blogs here. See further information on the programme themes, and all project outputs at the Design Studio.
A final summary report is now available which highlights the main themes and lessons learnt from the first two years of the programme - 'Supporting assessment and feedback practice with technology: from tinkering to transformation' (October, 2013).
Assessment lies at the heart of the learning experience: how learners are assessed shapes their understanding of the curriculum, and determines their ability to progress. At the same time, assessment and feedback form a significant part of practitioners' workloads and, with increased numbers,reduced budgets and higher learner expectations, continue to be a matter of concern for many institutions delivering higher education. Student dissatisfaction with the feedback they recieve on their work (as expressed through recent National Student Surveys) is something most institutions are seeking to address, without significant increases to student workload.
A wide range of technologies, both generic and purpose built, can be used to support nearly every aspect of assessment and feedback, including support for administration and management, designing authentic tasks, providing feedback, on-screen testing and peer review. Despite the existence of some examples of effective practice in this area (see for example the case studies in the 'Effective Assessment in a Digital Age' publication), many institutions have yet to put in place well-embedded, supported and sustainable technology-enhanced assessment and feedback practice.
This programme, focused on supporting large-scale technology-enhanced changes in assessment and feedback practice, seeks to address these challenges. Through three strands of activity (see below), the programme aims to deliver, and gather evaluation data on, tangible benefits and transferable practice with regards to technology enhanced assessment and feedback practice.
See here for an overview of all past and current JISC-funded assessment and feedback related activity. To view details of the original call please see here.
Strand A: Institutional change
The eight projects in this strand aim to redesign assessment and feedback practices, making best use of technology to deliver significant change at programme, school or institutional level.
Strand B: Evidence and evaluation
The eight projects in this strand aim to evaluate assessment and feedback related innovations which are already underway in a faculty or institution, and report on lessons for the sector.
Strand C: Technology transfer
The four projects in this strand aim to package a technology innovation in assessment and feedback for re-use (with associated processes and practice), and support its transfer to two or more named external institutions.
In addition to the final report (October 2013) shared at the top of this page, three previous summary reports are also available: ‘A view of the assessment and feedback landscape: a baseline analysis of policy and practice from the JISC Assessment and Feedback programme’ (March 2012), 'Moving out of base camp: an update on key themes from the Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme' (November 2012), 'Dialogue and change: an update on key themes from the Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme' (May 2013).