National Conference on Student Evaluation
28 November 2007
Delegates were welcomed from universities across the UK to UCL on 26 October 2007 to discuss a range of contemporary issues in student evaluations. The speakers included Professor John Richardson from the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, discussing questionnaire design and Dr Will Coppola describing online feedback systems. Dr Andrew Wilson, Clinical President of UCL Medical Students Union, Ms Hannah Pudner, Student Feedback Co-ordinator at NUS, and Ms Tal Schechter, student from Barts and the London, provided valuable insights into the student's view of evaluation.
A number of presentations and the workshops were given, including Acting on Evaluations (Dr Ann Griffin, Ms Viv Cook and Ms Tal Schechter, Barts & the London), the DREEM tool (Ms Sue Roff, Dundee) and an animated debate about the ethical aspects of student evaluation (Dr Anita Berlin). Materials from some of these can be found on the website below.
This national conference was hosted by members of UCL Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences, the Medical School Quality Unit, and colleagues in collaboration with Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry and supported by the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine and the UCL ESCILTA committee.
The only significant criticism of the day resulted from the delegates having to choose from a variety of interesting workshops; many said ideally, they would have liked to be able to attend them all.
The conference fostered lively discussions and extremely good feedback. The day was seen to be highly relevant to current issues in student evaluation and provided the attendees with valuable information and ideas to take away with them.
The positive reception for the conference has prompted discussion about making this an annual event. This will be announced via the Medical School's Quality Assurance website early in the New Year. For a link to this, or for further information use the links at the top of the article.