Author Archives: Gill Ferrell

EMA supporting effective feedback at the Institute of Education (now part of UCL)

Background and context The Institute of Education (IOE) has a reputation as the UK’s premier institution for the education and training of teachers and for educational and social research. Each year over 1,000 graduates train as teachers at the IOE on PGCE courses and over 4,000 embark on higher degrees. Many students are working and … Read more

EMA supporting assessment for learning at the University of Hertfordshire

Background and context The University of Hertfordshire is a large HEI with a student community of over 27,000 including more than 2,800 international students from 85 different countries. The University prides itself on being student-focused with an established reputation for using technology to support excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Participation in the Jisc assessment … Read more

Centralising Feedback

Many institutions struggle to provide truly developmental support for learners because of difficulties in storing and accessing feedback at a programme level. This is a particular problem for personal tutors who need to understand how students are performing across a range of units, but may not teach on any of those units and thus do … Read more

EMA and Service Design

Having identified the challenges we are all facing around EMA and had some discussion around what you see as the priorities, we are aiming to use service design approaches to help us move towards solutions. Service design takes a holistic view of the customer experience: it helps us co-create and validate with users what the … Read more

EMA Landscape Report now available

The landscape report summing up the first stages of this EMA project is now available on the Jisc website: The next phase of the project will build on the initial findings of the study to refine and prioritise the challenges identified in the report and, in collaboration with the HE community and assessment system … Read more

TRansforming Assessment + Feedback For Institutional Change (TRAFFIC) at MMU

Background and context Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is the largest campus-based undergraduate university in the UK with a total student population of more than 37,000. The university offers over 1,000 courses and qualifications, the majority of which have a strong professional bias. In 2010 MMU set up the EQAL Programme: ‘Enhancing Quality and Assessment for … Read more