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Assessment and feedback case studies

Below are some examples of innovative uses and methods of assessment and feedback taking place around UCL.

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Can first-year undergraduates become researchers?

From designing experiments to writing papers, Dr Hazel Smith explains how first-year Biology students took on the challenge of completing an intensive research project More...

Published: Sep 18, 2014 11:28:00 AM

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Would a student travel 270 miles to write an essay? How video assignments can boost student engagement

Professor Marcos Martinon-Torres, UCL Archaeology, presents an experiment in video that can easily be transferred to any discipline More...

Published: Jun 3, 2014 9:58:01 AM

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How a career in the Navy inspired Dr Paul Bartlett’s latest assessment innovation

Navy-style task books give students more timely feedback, while data retrieval tests help reduce the marking load More...

Published: May 1, 2014 5:04:39 PM

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How a symposium can be used to assess students’ work

Judith Hillmore heard Dr Suzanne Ruddy, UCL Molecular Biosciences, tell attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 how her students take part in a realistic symposium as part of their assessed work. More...

Published: Apr 11, 2014 2:34:19 PM

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Do students use feedback or just look at the mark? Dr Pam Donovan set out to find the answer

The UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 heard the results of an experiment to explore the myths surrounding student feedback. Clare Goudy reports More...

Published: Apr 11, 2014 9:59:17 AM

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Making history with iPads, peer assessment and MyPortfolio

Dr Paul Walker, CALT, and Dr Zubin Mistry, UCL History, presented attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 with a pioneering first-year undergraduate history module. Judith Hillmore reports More...

Published: Apr 8, 2014 6:09:04 PM

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99 per cent of Dr Daven Armoogum’s students have given his new feedback system the thumbs up. Here’s why

“I’d heard similar things from students and staff for the past two years,” said Dr Daven Armoogum, Teaching Fellow, UCL Physics and Astronomy. “They wanted the same improvement – marking and feedback phrasing that was more consistent.” More...

Published: Mar 20, 2014 9:48:58 AM

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Ongoing collaborative research project on the history of electricity

Dr Chiara Ambrosio explains how this unique and innovative course works, and why it’s so beneficial for students. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 1:00:27 PM

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Real-life planning scenario based on Dar es Salaam

Dr Kamna Patel tells us about the week-long scenario-based learning exercise students at the Development Planning Unit (DPU) undertook in Autumn 2012. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 5:23:17 PM

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Learning to make connections in pharmacy using Mediawiki

David West and Andrew Wilderspin from the School of Pharmacy explain the Provost's Teaching Award-winning Integrated Therapeutics Project, in which wikis are used to teach students integration. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 4:30:10 PM

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PeerWise: a repository for student-designed MCQs

Stefanie Anyadi, Sam Green and Kevin Tang discuss how PeerWise fared when it was piloted on a Linguistics module. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 4:19:57 PM

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Filming role-played mental health consultations for assessment

The Anna Freud Centre’s Nick Midgley and Fiona John explain why they introduced filmed role-play assessment to a first-year Master’s module. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 3:25:56 PM

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Peer review of virology essays

Dr Richard Milne, from the Centre for Virology, explains how introducing a peer review system helped improve his students' essay marks by an average of one degree class. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 3:22:23 PM

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Using peer assessment in Chemical Engineering

The UCL Department of Chemical Engineering's Dr Eva Sorensen discusses her experiences of using peer assessment with fourth-year students. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 3:16:18 PM

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Mark and give feedback on 100 assignments in an hour through peer-marking

In Engineering Mathematics, it's important to mark and give feedback on assignments quickly, as each topic builds on the last. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 3:11:22 PM

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Using 'policy portfolios' to develop students' skills

In 2012, Oliwia Berdak won a Provost's Teaching Award for the policy portfolio scheme she devised as a postgraduate teaching assistant (PGTA). Here, she explains the concept and its benefits. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 5:00:01 PM

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Students interviewing their teachers

Charmian Dawson, Teaching Fellow in Biosciences, explains how she boosted student engagement by getting them talking to the academics in their department. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 4:55:46 PM

Student presentation on the Philosophy of Science module, summer 2012

Assessment and feedback in Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science is an introductory course aiming to get students to think critically about science and begin to consider some of the subject's 'big questions'. In this video, the Department of Science and Technology Studies' Dr Chiara Ambrosio (and some of her students) discuss the modes of assessment in her course. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 4:46:19 PM

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Making an existing course online-only and assessing by portfolio

The Institute for Global Health’s Dr Jolene Skordis-Worrall and Dr Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli explain the challenges and triumphs they encountered when turning one of their existing modules into an online-only, Moodle-based course. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 4:35:38 PM

Further information 

  • Please note that the case studies section of the Teaching and Learning Portal is a continually evolving resource. If you or your colleagues are involved in great projects or practices that others might be able to take inspiration from, please get in touch by emailing teaching.learning@ucl.ac.uk
  • Find out more about assessment and feedback at UCL
  • For discipline-specific advice on assessment and feedback, contact one of the CALT school-facing teaching fellows

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