This project will tackle the sector-wide issue of providing timely, quality feedback to students through the development of an interactive resource, ‘ASSET’.

ASSET: Moving Forward Through Feedback

Overview

This project will tackle the sector-wide issue of providing timely, quality feedback to students through the development of an interactive resource, ‘ASSET’. ASSET will utilise the principles of social software to facilitate the development of new communities of learning between students and staff, which will support dialogue centred on the fundamental issue of what ‘good’ feedback/feed-forward actually means to both students and staff. This work aligns with our institution’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, which emphasises the importance of actively engaging students with their learning. In addition it complements a number of pedagogic initiatives currently taking place within the University.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the project is to evaluate Web 2.0 technologies to support the development of an interactive feedback tool, ‘ASSET’, to provide an innovative resource for engaging students and staff with feedback. ASSET will support staff in providing feed-forward and rapid, effective feedback to students, e.g. via video and audio casts. The use of Web 2.0 will support students’ engagement with feedback they receive and will enable communities of students to ‘interact’ with one another on the basis of feedback they receive. It will also be possible to establish communities of learning between students and staff, thus completing the “feedback loop”.

Project methodology

We will review and select appropriate Web 2.0 software to develop ASSET including a user-needs analysis. We will establish a network of staff with interests that complement the project within our institution to trial and provide formative, ongoing evaluation of ASSET. We will provide training for ‘staff champions’ to help build and develop resources for ASSET as well as training a group of ‘Student Ambassadors’ to help us engage students with this resource. Regular project team and evaluation group meetings will guide the project’s evaluation and dissemination activities.

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

Detailed technology report scoping possible Web 2.0 technologies and providing a rational for the chosen option; development of the ASSET framework; creation of ‘staff champion’ group to provide formative evaluation of ASSET and to contribute resources; development of ‘student ambassadors’ to pilot ASSET; development of the dissemination and evaluation frameworks; engagement with wider HE community

Technology / Standards used

Web 2.0

Lead Institution

  • University of Reading

Project Staff

Project Manager
  • Dr Anne Crook, University of Reading, Centre for the Development of Teaching and Learning, 01183787948 a.c.crook@reading.ac.uk
Project Team

Documents & Multimedia

Summary
Start date
1 October 2008
End date
31 March 2010
Funding programme
Institutional Innovation Programme
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