November 20th 2015

Jean, Julie, Helen, Kathryn, Belinda

Output 1

Research Assistant – interviews are likely to be next Friday for the post, Helen and Julie, might be combined with hours for other projects.
Title – ‘exploring innovative digital approaches to assessment in the School of Education’
Tone of the introduction – needs to emphasise that it is not an audit but an invitation to share practice and experience.
Part 1 – keep part 1 but with the addition of open boxes to add detail where appropriate, no need for module and assignment number,
What is the nature of the assignment? – choose from a drop down list.
We discussed the separateness of the two sections and the order, deciding to keep the order the same.
In Part 1 we are looking for guidance over and above the standard typed assignment brief using a media tool – video, audio, with a drop down list and ‘other’ (Helen suggested Camtasia might be added to the list)
If not used – why not? If someone  hadn’t did they want support with it – of so they would have to identify themselves.
Empty box for thoughts?
When is it appropriate to set the extra guidance? Should students have less as they go through the course? Spoken feedback on Turnitin?Student FAQs
Option of telling us module and assignment numbers.

Part 2
Qualitative data about assignments.
Any examples?
Why do you use it / why not?
Student feedback, how much choice for students, plagiarism, marking?
If you are unsure still share it
Invite them to share egs and links if they want to (bear in mind it’s a public forum)
Put egs on blog

Next steps
Formulate this into the questionnaire – Julie to draft, Belinda to put into electronic form – e serve
Still aiming to circulate Dec 1st if possible, draft circulated next week perhaps
In by 14th Dec?
Reminder at School Forum 18th Dec?

Jean to contact Ming about the change in emphasis and organisation of outputs that has emerged in these early planning meetings

Output 2 Not discussed this meeting

Output 3 Not discussed at this meeting


Could we each add some biographical details to the page called ‘the team’?

Should Jean, Kathryn and Helen each have a page on which to add thoughts so that we don’t forget things in this time whilst we haven’t got a template for our case studies?

A qualitative survey of the range of approaches (not an audit)

Next meeting – Monday 11th January 9am

November 5th 2015

Attended: JE, JJ, KP, BG, HC

Output 1

A link to a draft questionnaire was sent out to the tutors in the ECYP division as a trial. From this we learned that:

We need to give even more definition of what digital guidance is otherwise this can be misunderstood. It is more than that the written assignment guidance is present on NILE. Perhaps we need an additional question to explore this ‘what do you think digital guidance is?’ We also discussed the use of mobile devices vs PCs and laptops to make and access guidance.

We discussed the difficult issue of confidentiality and ethics – in its present form tutors  would be identifiable because they would name their module and assignment. We are keen for this research not to be mistaken for an audit – its purpose is to find out more in order to help everyone. We discussed not asking for module or assignment details or  making identifying the module and assignment optional. This makes highlighting assignments we can learn from problematic.

After extensive discussion we decided that if we want to show what is possible perhaps we should use a list of what we are looking for and respondents to tick and add detail to this. We should ask about:

  • challenges in doing this,
  • why you chose the form of assessment,
  • if it was tried and it didn’t work,

Our aim would be to use collective expertise from the School of Education to support future development.

Next step in this output:

In the last week of November we plan to devise and trial the more qualitative  questionnaire approach and then put out to staff from 1st to 14th December.

We discussed the appointment of a research assistant as in the bid paperwork.

Output 3 – case studies

We need to devise a case study template – Helen might have one we could build on. We could also look at the reent out of the box assessment  publications for useful examples.

Next step – meet in December to devise a template of approach in common.


Revision of outputs and how they relate to each other in the light of initial work  on the project.

Next meeting:

Friday November 20th at 1pm.