A new diagnostic tool has been created by the Centre for Learning and Teaching (Hittesh Ahuja) in partnership with the Skills Centre (Kevin Renfrew). The tool was first developed with the support of Ant Bush, and provided an online means to allow 2016/17 FY UG SES students to carry out a self-assessment of their academic skills competencies. Since then it was used again for the same programme in 2017/18, and this year, with the support of Steve Cayzer, the diagnostic tool has been re-written with new intro text, categories, questions, responses, and next steps text for 2018/19 PG EBM & 2018/19 PG ITM students.
Please come along to this interactive event to discover more about the tool, see and hear examples for how the tool has been used by academic colleagues, and gain access to a demo version of the tool and talk to our experts on how you might use the tool in your own teaching and learning! Register now to secure your place – seats are limited!
More Information on the Tool:
The diagnostic has been built to accommodate up to six categories, each containing eight confidence-based questions (I can…). The students choose a response indicating- high confidence or reasonable confidence or low confidence or don’t know/no experience. All questions are randomised and category information is not provided until the response page. Based upon the responses given the students are presented with recommendations linked to practical suggestions in url links (to workshops, practicums, online resources & courses, et cetera). Students then set their own developmental goals based upon these recommendations.
The diagnostic provides a mechanism for the students to align their levels of confidence around the skills and competencies that they will need on their course (and/or placement or future employment) and to (self) determine a plan of action to develop these skills and competencies along-side their studies. Some ‘headlines’ from the feedback survey from the UG students were that 70% of students felt that ‘Using the self-assessment helped me focus on my academic skills development’ and ‘Using the self-assessment tool helped prioritise what I needed to get done’ and ‘Identifying and developing my academic skills has helped improve my academic performance’, with 80% of students stating that ‘I would recommend using the self-assessment to a friend’.
The diagnostic also provides an insight into the student’s levels of confidence to the programme DoS/Unit Convenor.
Future Uses for the Tool:
As word of the diagnostic has spread, we have had interest to develop the tool for use by:
- The Doctoral College aligned to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework
- Student Services for student wellbeing
- various other academic staff
- CLT, who are exploring how the tool could be aligned to a Digital Skills Framework
- as part of a TDF bid ‘Embedding Criticality and Structured Reflection in the Curriculum’ by Maria Valero
Date(s) - 30/04/2019
1:15 pm - 3:05 pm
Main Campus (8W 1.28)
Event Speaker/Organiser: Kevin Renfrew & Hittesh Ahuja Course Code: Topic: Confidence-based diagnostic UKPSF: All Curriculum Transformation: N/A Bath Blend: N/A Digital Capability: All RDF: N/A Target Audience: All
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