Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Dr Mark Russell
There is no replacement for good individual tuition and feedback, however, in circumstances where there is a lack of resource - personalised assessment programmes can provide an educationally effective approach. Work undertaken by Dr Mark Russell, Deputy Director of the University of Hertfordshire’s Blended Learning Unit was trialled on an engineering module - a particularly good growth area at the University. Some students here were struggling with mathematical concepts and needed individual support more than ever.

Dr Russell developed the assessment programme which looked at the students’ performance activities that take place while in class and out of class. By doing this, the in-class activity could be adapted to support the students’ needs that were demonstrated through their performance and identified through e-assessment.

Dr Russell developed an e-assessment toolkit which he used to assess and give feedback to the students which ultimately increased the module pass rate considerably. The key to the success of this is the speed in which it collects responses and provides feedback and aims to make teaching much more focused on student learning.

The toolkit has now been applied to modules across areas in business, life sciences and pharmacy and it has also attracted attention in countries around the World. Dr Mark Russell gives updates on his work via twitter @MarkRussell

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