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Research Case studies

Enhancing Assessment, Learning and Teaching

The Centre for Learning and Teaching lead a number of applied research projects which directly foster enhancements to assessment, teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett.

The First Level Assessment Project is a 3-year, £200,000 National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) project, supported by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The project focuses on aligning first year student expectations of university assessment practice with research informed principles. Project outcomes include an introductory guide for students, a staff guide to designing first year assessment, and a collection of resources for staff and students on the project website. The culmination of the project has been a national conference on first year assessment and feedback.

ASSIMILATE is also an HEA-supported NTFS project designed to investigate practices of assessing students at Masters level, a much under-researched area in HE pedagogy. The project has provided opportunities for students to contribute by carrying out interviews as well as enabling international practice to be explored. Publications will include practice guides, journal articles and a book.

We are also partners in a third NTFS project, Programme Assessment Strategies, led by Bradford University. This project seeks to move away from module-focused assessment troubleshooting to designing assessment strategies to deliver key programme outcomes. Outputs will include guidance, case studies, and a methodology to evaluate the impact of programme assessment strategies.

Finally, Leeds Beckett is a partner in the NTFS-funded project, SHARE which explores how lecturers in Higher Education share their assessment, learning and teaching practice. It has three strands; developing a model for practice sharing, exploring effective representations of practice and a longitudinal study of how new practice is assimilated.

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