I’m Andrew, a 4th year medical student working on the F3 SALT team to improve feedback at the university. First of all I would like to say a big thank you to all level one students who engaged in our feedforward project in November. With so much data to go through it will be exciting to see what trends will emerge in our report based on the results. As well as providing us all with an in depth background relating to feedback transition from school to university, it also gives our project a good kick-start.
If you who have summative exams after the Christmas break (1st years and other years alike) on behalf of our team we wish you good luck. For those of you who are having your first summative exams in January I hope you are not finding it all too stressful. If you’re struggling, check out the website below which I have found helpful in the past. At the end of the day it is about implementing work into your routine and not tiring yourself to death. The most useful thing I find is drinking lots of water!
As well as wishing you luck, we thought we would give you a taste of what is to come for the New Year. After attending the annual steer group with the faculty leads involved with our feedback project it gave the team an idea of where to take the project and who to target. The plan so far is to work with ten individual departments, to build up a cross-section of disciplinary practice. We plan to produce produce feedback profiles that will provide evidence of the forms of assessment they use, education materials and training and information they provide to their students for how to obtain effective feedback. By comparing department results it will give us a better idea of what is working well and highlight areas for improvement. By discussing these issues with staff and students of all years in these departments, we can really get to grips with specific areas for feedback improvement. The student focus groups will be scheduled for February-March which will hopefully give you as students time to reflect on your feedback you have received for your summative exams.
That’s everything for now, have a very happy New Year’s Eve tomorrow and stay tuned on our blog over next year.
All the best,