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Enhancing communication between academic staff and students to undergraduate degree level with a particular focus on assessment requirements

Thomas, A and Nixon, MB 2001, Enhancing communication between academic staff and students to undergraduate degree level with a particular focus on assessment requirements , Project Report, University of Salford. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The way that academic staff make their requirements known to students is varied - for students of Art and Design this is usually a written brief, supplemented with a verbal briefing. All assessment in Art and Design is by course work in a variety of formats: written, visual, electronic and spoken. There is a tension between encouraging original and creative responses and being over prescriptive when stipulating assessable work requirements. The criteria on which visual work is assessed are often not clear to students and are sometimes perceived as being subjective. Ideas about what constitutes quality in visual work can also be confused leading to a lack of transparency in the assessment process. Additionally, poor communication between staff and students may lead to procedural problems about submission of work, deadlines and so on. This is especially the case when student numbers are high. In addition, as funding models alter the traditional staff - student relationship moving it closer to a provider - customer relationship, it becomes imperative that expectations and obligations are made clear for all parties. Large quantities of information have to be made available in an accessible and user-friendly way. Initial information gathering from students indicates that electronic communication including e-mail and text messaging would be both popular and appropriate for some types of communication.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Centre for Media, Art & Design Research and Engagement (MADRE)
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Publisher: University of Salford
Funders: Teaching and Learning Quality Improvement Scheme
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2009 13:11
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:58
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/2073

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