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1 1 Enhancing international student experience with innovative assessment and feedback Helena Snee (GBS BL champion and SL in Economics) Dr Esyin Chew (SL in technology enhanced learning, teaching and assessment)

2 2 Aims and Objectives of Research 1)Embed GradeMark and PeerMark as the feedback approach in the academic year of 2010/2011 for Economics modules. 2)Explore international students experiences with GradeMark – the online submission, plagiarism detection, time-sensitive feedback and grading tool. 3)Discover international students perceptions and experiences of the impact brought by PeerMark – the new collaborative and peer- marking tool of GradeMark 4)Produce a case study with good practices and guides on how to enhance international student experience in Economics studies and an online video sharing student feedback (interview with international students) based on the findings from (2) and (3).

3 Methodology: Action Research Project PhasesStartEnd Phase I: Preparation and Implementation 1. Plan and analyse project requirements (project team learn how to use GradeMark and PeerMark) and design the setting of PeerMark (Table 2.) June 10 Oct Training for GradeMark and PeerMark 3. Design interview protocol and online questionnaires Sept 10 Feb 11 Phase II: Data Collection and Evaluation 4. Conduct the learning and teaching with PeerMark 5.Deliver online questionnaires and conduct video interview Feb 11 April 11 Phase III: Analysis and Review 6. Transcribe and analyse data; edit videosMarch 11 April 11 Phase IV: Project Dissemination and Final Output 7. Compile project report and videos 8. Publish paper and presentation April 11 Sept 11 3

4 Extension of academics? Assessment for learning?

5 Embedding Grademark/Peermark The project team learned how to use the PeerMark Software and in particular tested the way in which the PeerMark assessment related to the base assignment submission. The assessments were set up in Blackboard and tested by the project team. The pedagogical approach was developed and H. Snee designed the Peer Review task in Blackboard. This explains the objectives of the peer review and the topic to be submitted as the base assignment. The online questionnaire was developed.The online questionnaire

6 Peer Review using PeerMark The Peer Review was conducted by MBA students in mid November over a two week period. –All 14 students agreed to take part –Each student reviewed two of their peers papers and their own The purpose of the Peer Review was to enable international students to explore the assessment criteria and also to encourage them to be critical of their own work. This was clearly explained to the students. The timing was important – completion two weeks before first assignment deadline.

7 PeerMark software Set up base assignment – students all submit their papers by due date. Set up Peer Review – to run from next day for one week. Software allows pairing of students – easy for tutor to organise. Tutor set up a series of 7 questions (each relates to one of the assessment criteria used for the module) with a 1 to 5 rating scale for Q1-6 and a free response question for Q7 which is about presentation, structure and referencing.

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12 Findings - Tutor Perspective A minority of students did not submit the base assignments so were prevented from reviewing other papers. Students who submitted did not all have papers to review or receive two peer reviews. Tutor set up a repeat run so all participated. Initial (informal) feedback was that students found the exercise valuable for two main reasons: 1.They gained more understanding of the assessment criteria. 2.They learned a lot from other students approaches to the assessment. The process requires careful management by the tutor.

13 Findings – Student Perspective Objective (2) – All international students in the MSc programme provided affirmative responses to the Turnitin and GradeMark experience - Turnitin is a convenient and quick coursework submission route – fast, flexible and can be done at anytime and from anywhere. 80% of the students agree that the tool saves resources and time, for example they do not need to print out or look around for a printer, or travel to campus for coursework submission. 60% of the students indicate that (1) Turnitin promotes academic writing by preventing plagiarism with a powerful text matching tool and (2) chance(s) are given to avoid unintentional plagiarism before the due date by usingTurnitin.

14 Objective (3) – The project findings assert that PeerMark facilitates a simple but powerful educational principle for international students, the Vygotskys ZPD – students learning experiences are enhanced if they were aided by peers rather than working independently. –peer feedback from students is richer and longer than expected –greater diversity of feedback and possibly greater amount of feedback than that available from a single tutor –The PeerMark exercise empowers students to better interpret assessment criteria and to better review their own work. –The major concern is not about the level of knowledge and capability individuals may have before the peer assessment. It is about how lecturers prepare and support international students e.g. the design of assessment outcomes and guided questions for peer assessment. –A minority of students were not very keen to provide lengthy feedback as there were no marks attributed.

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16 16 The Model of PeerMarks ZPD

17 Dr Esyin Chew Helena Snee Acknowledgement Q&A


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