TESTA in Periodic Review?

​With the start of the new academic year come the inevitable beginnings of the periodic review process, with the validation and re-validation of programmes at the University of Winchester approaching rather more swiftly than we ever anticipate at this early stage in the year. For Programme Leaders and academic staff whose programmes are undergoing ...

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Ten ways to get it back in ten days

Graham Gibbs' throw-away line "If feedback is not back in ten days, it's not worth doing" is controversial and irritating to academics - if - and here's the big if - they carry on doing assessment and feedback in the same way. If it's a case of turning round 120, 2,500 word essays in quick time, including moderation ("1sts, fails and borderlines") ...

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Getting more for less?

You gets what you pays for...The Higher Education Academy has launched a seminar series with a strand on "getting more for less" in its upcoming Assessment and Feedback series. "Getting more for less" is quite a catchy title in a Higher Education system beginning to experience some serious slashing and burning. There is a part of me that doesn't wi...

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How long does it take...?

I was training a new researcher from Bath Spa to undertake the TESTA research process with programmes who have requested this at her university last week. She asked the obvious question "How long does it take…?" We have been asked this before and we usually muddle through a reply "as long as a piece of string" or something elusive like that. But in...

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The mustard matters

The volume of TESTA data is both thrilling and overwhelming (1500 AEQs, 46 focus groups with 265 students, 20 programme audits), but it's not the size that counts but the meaning and influence it has over the student experience. More of that later. The most revolutionary part of TESTA is not the fact that we have robust data which says something in...

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