The proactive approach to collecting student module evaluations using tablet computers
The Faculty Business Support Team (BST) worked collaboratively with the academic staff regarding improving student completion of module evaluations. A variety of IT issues affected students being able to log on with their hand-held devices. Academic staff book the services of the BST and they take the tablets into teaching sessions to enable access to the on-line evaluation.
What is the likely impact?
Important student voices are collected and collated in order to maintain module improvement and enhance the student learning experience.
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On Saturday the department held a wonderful event with mince pies and other festive refreshments in advance of the First Years first choreographic performance for their DAN1105 module, which included three group pieces made by the tutor and the students collaboratively.
This year mindful of induction and transitions, building on last years extremely successful ‘Festive Friday’ strategy the team took the opportunity to make a full piece about ‘Transitions’. The students and I went on a complete journey with the research and discussions surrounding the idea of the transitions we make in life, particularly from FE to HE. The piece was very well received by the audience and the marks for my group are particularly high for their process and performance. The work was also informed by the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which allowed for a narrative stimulus for the piece.
The team believe that this work would be really good to perform at a Transitions/Recruitment event and could be adapted for a variety of spaces, hence the team are exploring the potential of taking the performance to some of our local colleges, and also using the piece to work secondary schools, and also to further support recruitment during Subject Taster days.
Between first week and reading week the students engage with work which extends that which they started pre-course and during First Week. These sessions include input from Learning Services on accessing information and Assistive Technologies. The course team (Programme Leader & Course Leader) deliver these sessions covering active reading techniques, how to get the most out of your lectures, Harvard referencing, and the assessment protocols and practices on the programme.
What is the likely impact?
Students comment that these sessions really help give them a grounding in some of the key skills they need to develop and as these sessions run simultaneously with their first module they utilise the skills in between taught sessions to get a feel for what works best for them. The programme team is looking to build on this and develop a HE Study Skills module across both semesters in Year 1.
For more information please contact: Gillian Pye, firstname.lastname@example.org