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Description of Activity

This workshop aims to initiate discussion about the troublesome area of
‘Assessment and Feedback’ which receives consistently poor levels of satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS); there is evidence to suggest that this problem is particularly pronounced within the subject of architecture.

The workshop will begin with an overview of a nascent research project that the presenters have been progressing in consultation and collaboration with students, at Portsmouth School of Architecture. This will include examples of how we have refined assessment tools with students as co-creators and evaluators, and the methods that have been developed to enhance student engagement. It will also include reference to statistics that suggest the methods are improving engagement, attainment, and overall satisfaction as students have a much more confident understanding of the marking criteria and increased levels of assessment literacy. We have also observed that the students have a clearer understanding of how to improve their design projects and this has led to greater engagement, motivation, trust, and autonomy, as students are better able to evaluate their progress and make improvements independently.

Delegates will participate in ‘card games’ that the presenters have used to engage students in assessment and feedback; this ‘playing’ experience will be used to prompt debate and to identify opportunities to enhance student engagement and assessment methods, particularly the semantics of assessment, which can be confusing for students. By participating, delegates will also be informing research.
Period1 Feb 2017
Event typeConference
LocationMANCHESTER, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Games
  • Engagement
  • Student Collaborators